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  •  Tenets of neoconservatism (3+ / 0-)
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    Is Obama a neoconservative?  Are all of today's politicians, with few exceptions, neoconservatives?

    Isn't neoconservatism where the term "American Exceptionalism" stems from?  If so, I missed this dog whistle during the 2008 campaign.

    What does a neoconservative dream world look like?

    Neocons envision a world in which the United States is the unchallenged superpower, immune to threats. They believe that the US has a responsibility to act as a “benevolent global hegemon.” In this capacity, the US would maintain an empire of sorts by helping to create democratic, economically liberal governments in place of “failed states” or oppressive regimes they deem threatening to the US or its interests. In the neocon dream world the entire Middle East would be democratized in the belief that this would eliminate a prime breeding ground for terrorists. This approach, they claim, is not only best for the US; it is best for the world. In their view, the world can only achieve peace through strong US leadership backed with credible force, not weak treaties to be disrespected by tyrants.

    Any regime that is outwardly hostile to the US and could pose a threat would be confronted aggressively, not “appeased” or merely contained. The US military would be reconfigured around the world to allow for greater flexibility and quicker deployment to hot spots in the Middle East, as well as Central and Southeast Asia. The US would spend more on defense, particularly for high-tech, precision weaponry that could be used in preemptive strikes. It would work through multilateral institutions such as the United Nations when possible, but must never be constrained from acting in its best interests whenever necessary.

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 03:52:41 PM PDT

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