If The Fact Neocons Are Now Supporting Hillary Clinton Confuses You, Read This

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Submitted by JP Sottile via TheAntiMedia.org,

What’s a Neocon to do?

Bill Kristol is downright despondent after his failed search for an alternative to Donald Trump. Max Boot is indignant about his “stupid” party’s willingness to ride a bragging bull into a delicate China policy shop. And the leading light of the first family of military interventionism — Robert Kagan — is actually lining up Neoconservatives behind the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

At the same time, the Democrats have become the party of bare-knuckled, full-throated American Exceptionalism. That transformation was announced with a vein-popping zeal by retired general and wannabe motivation screamer John Allen at the Democratic convention in the City of Brotherly Love. During his “speech,” a few plaintive protests of “no more war” were actually drowned-out by Democrats chanting “USA-USA-USA!”

This is the same Democratic Party often criticized by Kagan & Co. as the purveyors of timidity, flaccidity, and moral perfidy.  It’s not that Democrats haven’t dropped bombs, dealt arms, and overturned regimes. They have. And they’ve even got the Peace Prize-winning Obama-dropper to prove it.  But unlike enthusiastically belligerent Republicans, the Dems are supposed to be the party that does it, but doesn’t really like to do it.

But now, they’ve got Hillary Clinton. And she’s weaponized the State Department. She really likes regime change. And her nominating convention not only embraced the military, but it sanctified the very Gold Star families that Neocon-style interventionism creates. It certainly created the pain of the Khan family who lost their son in the illegal war in Iraq. But the Dems didn’t mention that sad fact as they grabbed the flag away from the Republicans.

Now that’s truly Neo-confusing.

It kinda feels like reality has slipped off its axis and we’ve landed on a Bizarro World version of America. Democrats are acting like Republicans. Pat Buchanan is championing the GOP’s “Peace Candidate.” And the Neocons are fleeing from a party they’ve used like a geopolitical cudgel for the better part of three decades.

At first glance, it all makes sense. Trump captured the GOP nomination in no small part by trashing two of the Neocons’ favorite things ever — the Bush family and the Iraq War. He also suggested early on that he’d approach the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza as (gasp!) an honest broker. Trump said he really wanted to “make that deal.” Without irony, one-time Neocon wonderboy Marco Rubio remarked that it isn’t a “real estate deal” when, in fact, that’s exactly what it is.

But the ever-pliable Trump quickly got religion on Israel. He did an about-face, marched into AIPAC’s annual confab, and staked out a claim on the reflexively pro-Israel side of the issue. But it wasn’t enough to assuage the angst of the GOP’s forever-circling hawks.

Frankly, nothing seems enough to sway the Neocons in Donald’s direction. But it’s not for lack of trying on Trump’s part. Really, he’s checked off many of the boxes that make Neocons smile.

Trump wants a “yuuge” military … the biggest and baddest ever! So big, that no one in a million years will ever challenge it. That sure sounds a lot like Reagan’s “peace through strength.” Neocons do love Reagan. And, as if on cue, the Kristol/Kagan-led “Foreign Policy Initiative” just posted a clarion call to spend more bucks to buy bigger bangs for an already gargantuan military. Doesn’t that fit with Donald’s plan to spend defense dollars like a drunken sailor?

Maybe Neocons don’t want the military to be so big that no one will ever try anything. Maybe they want a few challenges here and there, just for a little creative destruction to keep the world on its toes. But Trump’s right there with them. He wants to “bomb the shit” out of ISIS. And he even said America has “no choice but to bomb Libya” and “take out” the Islamic State.

C’mon, Neocons … what’s not to like?

And how about Trump’s Islamophobia? It sure seems simpatico with the last two decades of Neoconservative drum-beating. Trump repeatedly uses the magic words — “Radical Islamic Terrorism.” Can’t you just hear the longing sighs coming out of the American Enterprise Institute? He also wants to ban Muslims. Or “just” ban people coming from countries where Muslims have committed terrorism. Who knows? Either way, the message is “Muslims bad.” It even gave Neocon bushwacker Frank Gaffney a serious man-crush on The Donald.

To be fair, other less “fringy” Neocons like Kristol have repudiated the Muslim ban idea. But, as filmmaker Robbie Martin showed in his just-completed series on the Neocons and their “very heavy agenda,” even the most intellectually renowned among them has engaged in the dangerous stereotyping of all Muslims as terrorists.

In fact, Martin featured a frightening clip of two Kagans (Robert’s dad Donald and his brother Fred) making the case that the US military should clean out the Occupied Territories in the aftermath of 9/11 because radical Muslims and “the Arabs” are all basically the same. Oh, by the way, they only respect brute force.  So why not take advantage of the “New Pearl Harbor” and show them all who’s boss?

It’s kinda like the “dancing Muslims” Trump — and only Trump — saw celebrating the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey. Even if he didn’t see them, or just conflated them with an isolated incident in East Jerusalem, what’s the difference? It’s all the same to him. Just like aggrieved and aggressive Muslims were all the same to the Kagans on 9/11. Doesn’t that make Trump’s persistent suspicion of Muslims a perfect match for the Neoconservative wrecking crew?

And then there’s the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump has relentlessly criticized as being so bad that it’s downright suspicious. He said he wants to “renegotiate” immediately after taking office. And he wrongly claims the deal is a fast-track to a nuclear-armed Iran (an error that puts him squarely in the Neocon camp). As a rule of thumb, he’s livid about all things related to Iran. So, what’s the problem? Why can’t the Neocons wrap their arms around Donald Trump?

In a word — it’s Russia.

It’s framed as a troublesome “bromance” between Vladimir Putin and Trump. Critics don’t like Trump’s comfort with a “dictator” who, as Kagan’s wife Victoria Nuland recently told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, engages in “aggression.” She’s currently the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs. She basically managed the 2014 coup in Ukraine. And she’s outraged by Russian aggression in Ukraine. But she’s nonplussed by her husband’s role in pushing for the most blatant and wanton act of aggression thus far this century — the unwarranted destruction of Iraq.

Go figure.

On the other hand, Putin has the unmitigated gall to move military forces around inside the borders of his own country. He’s blamed for hacking the Democratic Party — despite a lack of actual evidence and the NSA’s own hacking hijinks. And he’s accused of “meddling” in U.S. elections — a pretty rich accusation given America’s long history of surreptitious electioneering around the world.

There is no doubt that “Bad Vlad” likes Donald. And Donald likes Vlad. But the real problem isn’t their bromance. This is about the Neoconservative desire to make sure the United States is the lone guarantor of the geopolitical order. This is about Pax Americana. This is about resurrecting the faded dream of a new American century.

And what stands in the way of the type of the Neocon dream of global “full-spectrum dominance?” Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

Russia is the only nation with an arsenal big enough to withstand the subtle nuclear blackmail of America’s trillion-dollar nuclear “upgrade.” That’s why Russia is concerned about the missile defense systems arrayed on their border. Those systems can knock down retaliatory strikes, thus making a first strike with new nuclear cruise missiles at least theoretically possible.

The United States is also using NATO expansion to increasingly encircle a nation that once was America’s geopolitical equal. That’s why Trump’s criticism of America’s outsized support for NATO must’ve been the tipping point from disdain to panic among Neocon and Neoliberal interventionists alike.

The oddity is that there does seem to be more than a passing affinity between Trump and Putin. Trump’s statements on Ukraine would be easily dismissed if his campaign manager Paul Manafort hadn’t worked as a political consultant to the pre-Nuland leadership of Ukraine. And Trump’s statements on Crimea might be written off if he’d release his taxes and end speculation of financial ties to Putin’s regime.

But the visceral reaction against his repeated calls for cooperation — “By the way, wouldn’t it be great if we got along with Russia?”— exposes the extent to which the entire foreign policy and political establishments are squarely on the same page. They are angling for Cold War 2.0, and Trump is the only major figure willing to challenge that orthodoxy.

Unlike Hillary Clinton, of course, which brings the whole thing back to the miasma of confusion hanging over this strange election. Hillary is on the Neocon team — if not in name, certainly in deed. She will “stand up” to Bad Vlad. She’s targeted by Russian hackers because Putin prefers his “unwitting agent” Donald Trump. And Donald is, according to an emerging narrative, a latter-day Neville Chamberlain just inviting the Ruskies to take over the Baltic States, Ukraine, and God knows what else.

The greatest irony of all is that Trump catapulted over the Neocons’ preferred presidential options by slamming their pet project — the War on Iraq. Trump’s criticism of that war and the chaos it unleashed resonated with the very voters the Neocons took for granted as pliable, fear-responsive bumpkins. That left them out in the cold just as they were angling to trump the disorderly, hard-to-prosecute mess they call “The Global War on Terror.”

What they really want, and have always wanted, is to revive the greatest war of all — the Cold War. That’s the grand chessboard they yearn to play on once again.  The War on Terror was really just a stop-gap, like methadone for imperialists. But now they’ve scored because it looks like the supposed party of imperial intransigence is, under the guidance of Hillary Clinton, poised to take the reins from a Trump-addled GOP.

And if a recent article in Der Spiegel is right, Kagan’s wife Victoria has emerged as a candidate for the prized position of secretary of state should Hillary win. If that comes to pass, the Neocons may not have succeeded in their initial plan for a new American century, but they will have hastily completed their last-minute project for a new Democratic Party. And that means this election isn’t that Neo-confusing after all.

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el mago's picture
el mago (not verified) Aug 8, 2016 12:17 AM

Yeah right, the neocons!! Let's just call them aliens! If the Durdens don't have the guts to name the criminals, they should retire from journalism or stick to financial news. You guys aren't better than the Cs, and Fox when it comes to political news.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

In a word it's --  Russia

In four words -- Why is it Russia?

 

This thread turned into an auto de fe in the style of Tomás de Torquemada for the Hebrews, with nothing about why the neocons hate Russia.

 If most of the neocons are Jewish and Jews are notorious for coveting their neighbor's wife and things that belong to their neighbors, well, there's your explanation.

 God devoted one of the Ten Commandments to coveting, when he could have prohibited drones or coups.

 

The Russians, with the largest land mass country, are up to their Adam's Apple in resources from crude oil to titanium.  The covetous Kagans and the covetous Kristols and the honorary Jews, Bill and Hillary, want to take those resources from Russia and sell contracts on them by open outcry in the commodity pits of Chicago and New York.

 

 

EVERYTHING ON THIS GODFORSAKEN PLANET BELONGS TO AMERICA.

GET THAT THROUGH YOUR FUKEN SKULL RIGHT NOW

 I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO TELL YOU AGAIN 

theprofromdover's picture

So who is behind the recent propaganda that Hiroshima was a wimpy boy, that Nagasaki never happened (where are the compelling photos apparently), that the Pacific nuclear tests were all 'photoshopped', and nuclear warheads are not all they're cracked up to be.

Like the " nuclear power is safe" meme of a decade ago to soften us up to ignore the massive issue of nuclear waste .... is it to fool us into thinking a nuclear war can be contained?

Who are these clowns?

 

Rich from PDT's picture

An Open Letter to Donald Trump!

From: www.resurgencemedia.net

Dear Mr. Trump:

I hope (by some chance) this letter finds you well… and you read it with an open mind.

I write this with nothing but respect and admiration for you as a man, as an American Patriot, and as a Leader to us all. Without your presence in this election, America would surely disappear into the ash bin of history, but not without a violent Civil War. As war will most likely ensue if Crooked Hillary reigns over America for the next 8 years with a radical leftist Supreme Court and a Congress which will (as a direct result of mass immigration) soon have a Democrat majority.

I understand that deals must be cut and political compromises must be made in order to accomplish anything in Washington, but the endorsement of Paul Ryan and John McCain was a major mistake. Millions of Americans (including myself) were attracted to your campaign because you were seen as the anti-establishment candidate. The populist nationalist leader we’ve all been waiting for.

Paul Ryan, with all due respect Sir, is a weasil and a snake in the grass. The man is beholden to everything you’ve stood against including amnesty, Muslim Refugee resettlement in the United States, TPP, and support of a traitorous business community that has sold out the interests of America and American workers from day one. John McCain, although a veteran, has done the same and worse. A non-endorsement, or a position of neutrality from Trump would have been a much more desirable action in our Senate elections.

But now that that’s history. We must move on as there are far more pressing issues at hand, namely: winning the Presidential election.

Please take the following advice into consideration:

If we are to keep Crooked Hillary out of the White House, Trump needs to be Trump.

Donald Trump is a business man, a natural born leader, and an alpha male… not a politician.

Donald Trump speaks his mind without a censor, without fear of retribution from political donors or lobbyists in DC.

Donald Trump is not politically correct.

Donald Trump understands that the issue of Immigration (not just illegal immigration) will define the near-term and longterm future of the United States of America.

Donald Trump is the last hope for America, and at this point, he realizes that his political opponent is an evil criminal capable of anything (including murder) that will most definitely destroy America.

As a result, Donald Trump must stop playing fair. This election will not be won by a nice guy, a milk toast conservative like Newt Gingrich. It must be won by a populist, nationalist leader. A leader that’s willing to use every trick in the bag (ugly or not) in order to secure victory.

The Trump narrative is the one that voters responded to. Not some fake conservative platform that we’ve heard too many times before from the likes of men such as John Kasich and Ted Cruz. Those are the guys that lost. The guys that pitched the same old tired conservative message, were dominated by the populism and nationalism of Donald Trump.

These same “Conservatives” continue to lose because they’d rather play fair then win. As you well know, winning is the only thing that matters. There is no second place. There are only winners and losers.

Donald Trump does not lose!

Therefore we must fight fire with more fire. These rigged election polls that are released every other day to demoralize your supporters must be targeted next. They must be neutralized and be made completely meaningless.

My suggestion is as follows…

In a public address… tell everyone, all your followers on Twitter, on TV, wherever you can… tell all of them to LIE to (or misdirect) the pollsters. Tell them to say that they’re voting for Clinton.
Put all these fake (dishonest) “pollsters” out of business. Make their polls completely irrelevant.

If you did that… we’d have an instant implosion of these fake polls that are used against you.

Finally, let’s get to the media. Don’t expect to be treated fairly by any of them, including Fox News. Fox News (along with “conservative” talk radio) is invested in a Hillary Clinton Presidency.

Let me explain:

Most of these so called “conservative” pundits want Clinton in there, because it more than likely ensures that they’ll have a job for the next eight years. As most of these commentators will have nothing to whine about if Trump gets elected. Their entire business model depends on providing a fake alternative (a toned down bitch corner) for concerned, patriotic Americans with nowhere else to turn.

Those that know better have gone to the Internet. The large majority of folks under the age of 60 are dropping cable entirely, as they now get their news and entertainment from the Internet.

So as you can see, Mr. Trump, for that exact reason, these old dinosaur media outlets are invested in a Clinton victory.

Furthermore, they need you. You sure as hell don’t need them. You proved this already (multiple times) in the primary with Fox News. These networks (like Fox) are trying to co-opt and change (or soften up) the Trump message.

Don’t let them do it!

Stay off these News Networks. Their trust level with their rapidly declining viewership is at all time lows. Nearly 95 percent of the audience (what’s left of it) has little to no faith or confidence in what they read, see, and hear from the old dinosaur media.

My advice is to stick with what brought you here. Trump has to be Trump. Continue to drum up support by traveling the country, selling out stadium arenas, inspiring millions, and speaking candidly to the voters in person who fell in love with the real Donald Trump.

Sincerely,

A Concerned Citizen

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BruntFCA's picture

What a joke. Krital, Kagan, Nuland. Just call them for what they are Zionist Jewish Warmongers. They have no place in the US let alone the State Department. Nothing will be fixed until an end is put to this tribal racketeering, and people have the guts to call a spade a spade.

Mudd3006's picture

WOW another stack of s--t. There are so many factual errors in this article I will not bother to list them. Suffice to say this is just another pile of crapy innuendoes, outright lies, distortions and misdirections that it's beyond reason to give it any credence. Does anyone bother to fact check any of this BS???


Mariner33's picture

The three names in the first paragraph are all Jews.  Hillary is a Jewish Internationalist and Neo Con proxie, lapdog, and sock puppet.  She will do and say anything for money. "Emissary of the Devil" is too underwhelming for this sub-human sack of filthy protoplasm.

Vin's picture

This is proof positive of what we've said all along, the RINOs and the demonrats all work for the same bosses. The two-party system is a corrupt joke.

Thank you, Donald, for making them expose themselves.

esum's picture

RUSSIA doesnt want the Ukraine. It only wants the Crimean navy base.

And it does want the Syrian naval base.

It does want to dominate / control the European energy market.

AND THE USSA CUT THE LEGS OUT FROM UNDER RUSSIA BY LOWERING THE PRICE OF CRUDE....the major source of $$$ for Bad Vlad...

low oil prices will lead to an ISIS takeover in Saudi Arabia.

Turkey and Iran will lead a nuclear and ground attack on Israel with missles launched from Turkey.......after the Israelis rebuild the Temple on the Temple Mount.......

China is 10 times more aggerssive and a threat greater than the Bear and Obama does nothing .... because the USSA has outsourced half its manufacturing to China and companies want to play nice... and with a $22 trillion debt there is no dinero to rebuild the military ...

The Comedian's picture

Do the neocons want a cold war 2.0 or a nuclear war? Because it looks like the latter. I really hope it's not but is it possible that the neocons are so hot for war with Russia because they believe there must be a conflict with Russia to bring about their hopefully anticipated "end times"? Say it aint so.