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Michael Rubin Grabs A Page From W's Playbook

The Muslim Brotherhood has been on quite a roller-coaster ride in Egypt over the last year. In 2012, Mohamed Morsi was elected as Egypt’s very first President who was not a part of the military.

This past summer, just one year later, the military overthrew Morsi and took back control. To add insult to injury, today the news was released that an Egyptian court has completely banned the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Now That Syria Door is Open, Neo Cons Marching In

Now that President Obama has officially opened the Syrian door, neocons are tripping over themselves to pile in and deepen the US commitment.
For the neocon warmonger, the toughest battle is getting that initial opening. Neocons have been persistently aggressive during the entirety of the Syrian conflict, and have said whatever was necessary to get Obama to overtly commit.

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Bill Kristol's Cato Crush

William Kristol is promoting at the Weekly Standard an article by "two of America’s leading libertarian legal thinkers, "no friends to intrusive government," to support Kristol's assertion that the National Security Agency mass secret spying program is a "legitimate use of government power to protect the nation from our enemies abroad."

The defense of the NSA program by these two authors is of particular note because of the authors' affiliation with the Cato Institute that describes itself as "dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace" and having a "strict respect for civil liberties and skepticism about the benefits of both the welfare state and foreign military adventurism." The authors' article is providing valuable cover for the advocates of the mass spying program.
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Beating the Benghazi Horse

Jennifer Rubin, one of Washington Post’s neoconservative gate-keepers, is still trying to obfuscate the real issue behind what happened in Benghazi in 2011. Over the weekend, Rubin wrote:

“The biggest scandal regarding Benghazi may be that the president was not at the helm on 9-11-2011 and was not directing the response to an attack.”

Yet, one must look beyond the superficial to locate the heart of what happened in Benghazi.

As Ron Paul pointed out: "there was little extremism in Libya before the US attack on that country in 2011."

Is that not an important piece to the story?

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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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What Jennifer is Whispering in Obama's Ear

When looking at Obama’s foreign policy moves compared to what we would be seeing with a John McCain or Mitt Romney presidency, we see things could have been worse.

That's not to say that Obama is a non-interventionist in any sense of the word. But it appears that his primary focus is on intervening domestically.
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On July 10, 2003, just two months after President Bush’s now-infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, before the bulk of the thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis perished in the firestorm unleashed by the US invasion, Rep. Ron Paul gave the historic and stirring speech, “Neo-Conned” in the House of Representatives. Patriotic fervor raged, skeptics were called un-American, yet with nearly ten years having passed, this speech is as relevant and as prescient as anything he has done.

We are kicking off the inaugural edition of “Neo-Con Watch” with this classic speech.

Here is the untold story behind the speech:

For days after this speech was delivered, Ron Paul’s congressional office buzzed with irate calls from neo-conservatives who were called out in the speech. They threatened lawsuits, they pounded their fists in the sand, the demanded retractions. Some even wrote irate articles in their heavily subsidized neo-conservative magazines about what a monster Ron Paul was for pointing out the truth about their twisted and destructive philosophies. They left vicious messages on our telephones at all hours of the day. Even on the weekends. When we returned to work on Monday morning, our voice mails would be full of their threats and gnashing of teeth. We in the office knew immediately that Dr. Paul had hit a nerve.

Read the speech again now that nearly a decade has passed. As Dr. Paul says at the end of the speech, “Unfortunately, it will be some time before Congress gets the message that the people are demanding true reform. This requires that those responsible for today's problems are exposed and their philosophy of pervasive government intrusion is rejected.”

That is precisely the mission of “Neo-Con Watch.” We will expose them, we will challenge their philosophy, we will reject their demands for more government intrusion and intervention.

-Daniel McAdams

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