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Sen. Graham Pounds His Shoe at Russia

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is furious that Moscow will not deliver NSA leaker Edward Snowden to the US to face treason and espionage charges. Graham no doubt misses the irony that what Snowden revealed was that the US government has been operating like the old Soviet Union and East Germany rolled into one and given a heavy dose of steroids.

Graham demands punishment for behavior that, had it been 25 years ago and a Soviet dissident rather than an American whistleblower, he likely would have praised. Well, maybe...
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Anthony Cordesman: 'Let's Be Heroes in Error on Syria!'

It is probably not completely fair to label establishmentarian "serious thinker" Anthony Cordesman a neocon, though his entire career has been more or less spent in their service, including as John McCain's national security aide. But here at Neocon Watch we have to judge the man (or woman) by the words they utter. And Cordesman unleashed a whopper this morning in the Washington Post.
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Lindsey Graham: Boycott the Soviets Again!

Q: Why couldn't Lindsey Graham find Russia on the map?
A: He'd be too confused looking for the Soviet Union

Neocon prince Lindsey Graham has decided to really hit the Soviets, er, Russians where it hurts. Although he no doubt dreams about bombs -- or at least sanctions -- to bring those stubborn Russians back in line, he has had to set his sights rather lower. In his hyperventilated desperation to punish Russia for not sending NSA leaker Edward Snowden back to face life in the American gulag system (another irony) he wants to go back to 1979 and boycott the Soviet Olympics!
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Meet the Resnicks

Ever wonder about those tens of millions of dollars that go to fund the network of shrill neo-con think-tanks pushing for ever more sanctions on Iran? Just good Americans concerned about US national security and the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran? Patriotic citizens passionately engaged over the dangers Israel might face should Iran be given an inch of maneuver room in the world's economic system?

Or corrupt American oligarchs who use their billions to gin up fear and paranoia so that they can make ever-more billions off of US sanctions?
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Jeb Presents Hillary Neo Con of the Year Award

Neo conservatism does not just cross party lines, it is the party line. Both major US parties share the same foreign policy, which is "humanitarian interventionism," pushing "democracy" at the barrel of a gun, militarized diplomacy, covert and overt support of subversive NGOs overseas, and so on.
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Surprise: Neo Con Calls for Conscription

RPI Board Member Lew Rockwell captures the centralizing, totalitarian nature of the neo-conservatives in his well-landed critique of neocon Michael Gerson's big idea for the day: forced conscription! Because nothing makes an 18 year old love his country like being made a slave to it for a few years!

Here's Lew's take, with an excellent proposal at the end:

Neocon Totalitarianism
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Greenwald vs. Fleischer: Neo-Con Trounced

It is a rare treat to see such a contrast of views in one television news segment. It is the contrast that makes our point at RPI as well as it could be made. Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald debating former spokesman of former President George W. Bush Ari Fleischer on revelations that the US government has become a total surveillance state that past totalitarian regimes could have not even fathomed.

Watch the video here.
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McCain Spends Memorial Day with Al-Qaeda Allies

Senator John McCain snuck into Syria this Memorial Day to spend the day with the terrorist-affiliated Free Syrian Army, in violation of both Syrian Law and likely of international law. While meeting with the Syrian insurgents and FSA Commander, Gen. Salem Idris, McCain likely assured his allies that it was only a matter of time before the US began overtly transferring the weapons it is currently facilitating covertly.

Gen. Idriss is the conduit for hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid, and untold millions in covert CIA and US Special Forces assistance. He swears he does not cooperate with the terrorist-designated Al-Nusra Front, but to keep appearances he coordinates only with the Al-Nusra-allied Arhar al Sham.
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WaPo’s Fred Hiatt: Obama’s ‘Turn Inward’ Puts Us All At Risk!

In yesterday’s Washington Post, neo-conservative editorial page editor Fred Hiatt has a panic attack over the (imagined by him) possibility that President Obama is in his second term beginning to ponder some of the limitations of US interventionism world-wide.

On the proposed withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan next year, after 13 years of war, Hiatt claims:

“To say the war will end because U.S. troops are gone is like the toddler who imagines no one can see him when he closes his eyes. But it fits with the foreign policy of a leader who is on track, astonishingly, to preside over a sharp turn inward.

“I say astonishingly because when he ran in 2008, Obama presented himself as a man who would lead the United States into a new era of international engagement, idealism and cooperation.”

Who really is the toddler in his little vignette? Actually, a foreign policy of nonintervention would have likely avoided creating the very problem that the neo-cons demand we now solve. As we know, the forces that Hiatt urges we keep fighting are largely the same “freedom fighters” armed by the U.S. to fight the Soviets. And even a toddler would probably understand that bureaucrats living on the other side of the world should not be seeking to remake Afghanistan in their own image.

Hiatt is an historical revisionist extraordinaire, and his rewriting of events to suit his ideological agenda is pure conspiracy theory. According to Hiatt, it was not intervention itself but in fact a lack of sufficient intervention that has left Libya a bloody, gaping, and dangerous wound two years later:

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Bill Kristol's Empire of Death

Non-interventionists can learn a great deal by observing when the differing factions of the neo-conservative enterprise take to exposing each other.

Take the Left-neocon New Republic, a magazine that hemorrhages money at such a rate that it literally had a hard time being given away until Facebook kid mega-millionaire Chris Hughes decided to snatch it up with pocket change as a child's toy. Hughes was a deep-pockets campaign supporter of the hyper-interventionist Obama, and in his new "serious" publishing toy no-doubt sees endless opportunities to feature "serious" writers on the faux Left to explain to us barbarians how wonderful the next deadly "humanitarian intervention" is turning out to be.

Nevertheless, the New Republic today features an enormously instructive graphic explaining to its readers "Bill Kristol's Galactic Empire."
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