|Between the outcome of the election and the departure of Petraeus, President Obama now has the chance to take full control of his foreign policy. The neocons also find themselves sitting on the outside looking in more so than at any time since the 1970s when they emerged as a group of hawkish ex-Democrats and embittered ex-Leftists who defected to Ronald Reagan.
Many neocons worked on Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1980 and were rewarded with prominent jobs on President Reagan’s foreign policy team, the likes of Elliott Abrams, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz and Frank Gaffney. Though their influence ebbed and flowed over the 12 years of Republican rule, the neocons established themselves as a potent force in Washington policymaking. [...]
Iraq had long been on the neocon target list as a threat to Israel. The neocons also envisioned using occupied Iraq as a base for forcing “regime change” in Iran and Syria, with the ultimate goal of allowing Israel to dictate peace terms to its near-in enemies, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestine’s Hamas. [...]
Though Obama upset the neocons by completing the military withdrawal from Iraq, he accepted their plan for an expanded war in Afghanistan, and he continued much of Bush’s “war on terror,” albeit without the name. [...]
Romney’s white paper chastised Obama for pulling out the 30,000 “surge troops” from Afghanistan by mid-2012 and conducting a gradual withdrawal of the remaining 70,000 by the end of 2014. Instead, Romney’s white paper argued that Obama should have followed the advice of field commanders like then-Gen. David Petraeus and made withdrawals either more slowly or contingent on U.S. military success. [...]
Now, the neocons are left with no major foothold within the Executive Branch.
But no need for tears. The neocons still retain their lucrative niches at prominent think tanks, as talking heads on TV and on influential op-ed pages.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2003—Financial parity in sight:
|Republicans have always outspent Democrats. It is by sheer force of the Democratic message that we have been able to remain competitive against the GOP financial juggernaut.
(Which is why we have been hurting as the Dems have lost their message...)
But all things being financially equal, Democrats are more than able to compete and win against the best the GOoPers can throw at us (witness Landrieu and Blanco in Louisiana).
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, we wrap up the discussion of the history, mechanics and procedure behind the "constitutional option" for Senate rules reform. Yes, it's been used before! Last year, even! But first, a welcome diversion from Greg Dworkin, who brought us the usual collection of fascinating news clips detailing Republican cluelessness, unskewing, and general fear of reality. Added bonus: a critique of Jonathan Bernstein's critique of the "talking filibuster" solution.