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  •  Nixon was a neocon (2+ / 0-)
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    Kimball Cross, J M F

    Nixon was the first neocon - like GWBush he was not a traditional conservative in any sense, though he talked a good game for the religious right.

    Actually - we've had a solid 40 years of neocon rule- with only a small break for Jimmy Carter - who was partially villified because he strayed from the neocon path on foreign policy.

    Reagan was not a neocon - he was a legit conservative Republican (like Bob Dole)- but he surrounded himself with neocons and allowed them to gain power as he became weaker throughout his term.

    Daddy "new world order" Bush was a pure neocon.  

    Clinton was close.

    GWB was just like his daddy.

    Obama, unfortunately, also appears to be a neocon.

    First party to elect a non-neocon to the Presidency wins a generation of voters.

    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. --George Orwell

    by jgkojak on Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 01:38:58 PM PST

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    •  re neocons, you are mistaken (2+ / 0-)
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      cordobes, tnproud2b

      See my diary on the neocons and their failed American Century (part of my "history of corporations" series):

      The key part:

      To understand the corporate history of the George W Bush years, it is important to understand the neocons and their agenda. Many progressives have unfortunately attributed positions and agendas to the neocons which they did not in fact have. The neocons are often conflated with the fundamentalist culture warriors of the Religious Right, who quite literally wanted a theocratic state that would rule according to fundamentalist Christian ideology. In reality, although the neocons formed a political marriage of convenience with the fundamentalists and paid them some lip service, they always thought that the Religious Right ayatollah-wanna-be’s were nutty and anti-democratic, and one of the first actions carried out by the neocons when they finally assumed dominant power in the George W Bush administration was to remove the fundamentalists, including the most visible of the culture warriors, Attorney General John Ashcroft (who famously covered up the bare-breasted statue of Justice in his building because it was ungodly).

      Progressives also tend to mistakenly attribute an actively pro-corporate agenda to the neocons; in reality, none of the neocons were corporate officers (unlike the political leadership in both the Republican and Democratic Parties who set up the WTO structure in the first place), and they had no interest in representing or defending corporate interests—indeed, the intensely nationalistic neocon agenda of unilateral American hegemony was diametrically opposed to the interests of the supra-national corporations, who were now active all over the world and no longer had any “American interests” to defend. The neocon agenda focused almost entirely on military and foreign policy; in their writings, the words “free trade”, “World Trade Organization”, “World Bank” or “free market” barely appear at all—and when they do, it is only to discuss their utility as instruments of American military and political power.

      It is also incorrect to identify the neocons with the Republican Party—most of them began their political careers as Democrats.

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