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  Encyclopedia: Neoconservatism (United States)
Neoconservatives were also members of the blue team, which argued for a confrontational policy toward the People's Republic of China and strong military and diplomatic support for Taiwan.
Neoconservatives are perhaps closer to the mainstream of the Republican Party today since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon than any competing faction, especially considering the nature of the Bush Doctrine and the preemptive war against Iraq.
Opponents of neoconservatives have sought to emphasize their interest in Israel, and the large proportion of Jewish neoconservatives and have raised the question of "dual loyalty", an issue they do not raise with the neoconservatives equally staunch support of Taiwan.
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 Neoconservatism in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Some opponents of neoconservatives have sought to emphasize their interest in Israel and the large proportion of Jewish neoconservatives, and have raised the question of "dual loyalty", an issue they do not raise with the neoconservatives' equally staunch support of Taiwan.
During the 1990s, neoconservatives were once again in the opposition side of the foreign policy establishment, opposing the post-Cold War foreign policy of George H.W. Bush and especially Bill Clinton, which reduced military expenditures and lacked a sense of idealism in the promotion of American interests.
Compared to other U.S. conservatives, neoconservatives may be characterized by an aggressive moralist stance on foreign policy, a lesser social conservatism, and weaker dedication to a policy of minimal government, and, in the past, a greater acceptance of the welfare state, though none of these qualities are necessarily requisite.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Neoconservatism_(United_States)   (6627 words)

 Neoconservatism (United States)
Neoconservatives, however, have tried to counter these points, arguing that the chances of democratization in a Communist state were slight, in contrast, from their standpoint at least, to the authoritarian but pro-Western South Vietnam.
Neoconservatives argued that in unstable situations the United States should try to align itself with the "less offensive" regime or armed faction, which almost certainly would be any faction or regime hostile to a pro-Soviet rival, rather than stay out of the conflict altogether, as some liberals advocated.
Neoconservatives thus argued that Communist states could not be democratized and must be "rolled back" to further US strategic interests, which were shaped by the domino theory during the Cold War era.
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 The End of Neoconservatism
Neoconservatives differed with traditional conservatives on a number of issues, of which the three most important, in my view, were the New Deal, civil rights, and the nature of the Communist threat.
Although neoconservatives originally hoped to exercise influence among liberals-their first institutional incarnation, after all, was as the Coalition for a Democratic Majority-the direction of their movement, from the time it targeted the New Left as the enemy, was always to the right.
The neoconservatives were appalled by what had become of liberalism, but they understood that to break entirely with the liberal tradition would be to break with the American experiment.
www.leaderu.com /ftissues/ft9605/opinion/thistime.html   (1282 words)

 How Neoconservatives Conquered Washington – and Launched a War, by Michael Lind
The thesis of Robert Kagan, the neoconservative propagandist, that Americans are martial and Europeans pacifist, is complete nonsense.
Most neoconservative defense intellectuals have their roots on the left, not the right.
The final corner of the neoconservative pentagon is occupied by several right-wing media empires, with roots – odd as it seems – in the British Commonwealth and South Korea.
www.antiwar.com /orig/lind1.html   (1927 words)

 BASIC Discussion Paper Series, November 2004
Prominent neoconservative Robert Kagan views multilateralism as "the weapon of the weak" [14] and Richard Perle advocates that the President "reshape fundamental attitudes towards [international] norms, or we are going to have our hands tied by an antiquated international system that is not capable of defending us".
Neoconservatives have also used their connections to the media in other ways: former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife had her identity as undercover CIA operative leaked to the press by a senior White House official after Wilson revealed that the claims linking Nigerian yellowcake to Al Qaeda were fabricated.
It is in the context of this mood of fear and revenge felt by decision-makers and the public alike, that the neoconservatives were able to exercise ambitions they had long cherished and to exert an influence on foreign policy out of keeping with the nature of the threat or the strength of their arguments.
www.basicint.org /pubs/Papers/2004nc02.htm   (10925 words)

 The Right Right
In contrast to both liberals and old conservatives, neoconservatives have consistently supported a limited welfare state buttressed by an understanding of human nature based on religious values, a strong military, and a desire to allow communities to decide for themselves how best to balance their needs with the demands of individual freedom.
Yet, because most neoconservatives were once called "liberal" and are now called "conservative," the literature of modern political thought is filled with discussions of how the neoconservatives have changed.
In The Neoconservative Mind, Gary Dorrien accepts all of these explanations and more as reasons why a core group of intellectuals have abandoned the true faith of liberalism and carved out for themselves a new conservatism which, in his view, is really no better than the old.
www.leaderu.com /ftissues/ft9310/reviews/gerson.html   (1539 words)

 Neoconservatives and the American Mainstream by Zachary Selden - Policy Review, No. 124   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
It is not driven by a “neocon cabal.” Rather, it is that certain individuals associated with the neoconservative label have been particularly articulate in expressing a set of policies that flow from two ideas that resonate deeply in American public opinion.
In essence, public opinion shifted in favor of policies that have been articulated by neoconservatives for at least a decade, and neocons have been very adept at articulating a policy that resonates with longstanding ideas in American public life.
Therefore, what many label “neoconservative” is a product of ideas that are neither “neo” nor “conservative,” but a worldview that has broad appeal to American citizens in ways that are difficult for many Europeans to fully fathom within the context of their own political systems.
www.policyreview.org /apr04/selden.html   (4367 words)

 When Left Turns Right, It Leaves The Middle Muddled [Free Republic]
Consider the case of the neoconservatives, the network of liberal and leftist intellectuals who were disillusioned by the convulsions of the 1960's -- or ''mugged by reality,'' in the famous expression -- and drifted steadily rightward, emerging in the 1980's as an informal brain trust for the Reagan Administration.
Lind, who has broken with the neoconservatives and turned against them, points out that while a few of the original ones, like the sociologist Nathan Glazer, clung to their liberal roots, the majority took up permanent residence on the right and thereby surrendered their neoconservative credentials.
But just as the original neoconservatives aroused the suspicions of paleo-conservatives, who suspected them of being interlopers secretly wedded to liberal heresy, so the new neocons are meeting with skepticism from the young heirs of a more traditional conservatism.
www.freerepublic.com /forum/a39dbe9a53921.htm   (1772 words)

 List of people described as neoconservatives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
This is a list of prominent public figures frequently referred to as neoconservatives.
Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Richard 'Dick' Cheney; critic of academic critics of the second Bush administration, best known for having expressed shame about her daughter's sexuality.
RightWeb, a comprehensive and highly critical examination of neoconservatives and neoconservatism (about rightweb).
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 Among the Neocons
Conservatives who still had jobs in the seemingly ever-growing network of neoconservative magazines and think tanks learned that the place for many of their real political views was: private life.
During the 1990s, the neoconservative I knew best (Eric Breindel) invariably spoke and wrote of Oslo as “a fact.” Though Breindel had significant ties to the Israeli Right (Bibi Netanyahu spoke at his wedding party), he was friendly as well with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin’s widow, Leah.
In the aftermath of 9/11, some neoconservatives (and others who are simply gullible) have touted the line that the United States is hated “because of its freedom.” This slogan fit for small children contradicts what virtually any American with business, diplomatic, or military experience in the Middle East will say.
www.amconmag.com /04_21_03/cover.html   (2860 words)

 ESR | March 22, 2004 | Neoconservatives and Trotskyism - Page 1
As part of the two-decade old civil war within intellectual conservatism, paleoconservatives have forcefully asserted that neoconservatism is a descendant of American Trotskyism, and that neoconservatives continue to be influenced by the ideas of the exiled Soviet revolutionary in their view of foreign policy.
Among the major figures in the [neoconservative] movement were former Trotskyites who studied in the '30s and '40s at the then "poor man's Harvard," the City College of New York, a center for socialist activism.
Since a small number of today's neoconservatives, such as Joshua Muravchik and Carl Gershman, played key roles in the Socialist Party, YPSL, and Social Democrats USA during the 1960's and 70's, there is a degree of truth to a connection between Max Shachtman and a handful of the current generation of neocons.
www.enterstageright.com /archive/articles/0304/0304neocontrotp1.htm   (2434 words)

 Evatt Foundation: Publication: Saving America - 10 September 2003
The trouble is that neoconservatives have zero tolerance for human vices or follies, and as a result, they are unwilling to give liberty a chance.
Apparently because the neoconservatives believe that America has been ruled by an unwise liberal elite for over two hundred years, and they are willing to gamble that the people will be wiser, which is to say, more likely to endorse conservative policies.
It is ironic that American neoconservatives have decided to conquer the world in the name of liberty and democracy, when they have so little regard for either.
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 JS Online: Neoconservative clout seen in U.S. Iraq policy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Whether Bush ends up sticking with the neoconservative playbook remains to be seen, but a wide range of observers suggest it is a key part of his current game plan.
In essence, the neoconservatives argue that national sovereignty is an outdated concept, given the overwhelming power of America, and the U.S. should do all it can to impose democracy on countries.
Neoconservatives cite Germany and Japan, but Hulsman noted that Japan is "98 percent ethnically homogenous," unlike Iraq, which is split among three major groups.
www.jsonline.com /news/gen/apr03/131523.asp   (2327 words)

 Neoconservatives Consolidate Control over U.S. Mideast Policy - Jim Lobe
Both Khalilzad and Abrams were among the signatories of the 1997 founding statement of principles of the Project for the New American Century, whose neoconservative and hawkish foreign policy positions have found a home in the Bush administration.
He was indicted by the Iran-Contra special prosecutor for giving false testimony about his role in illicitly raising money for the Contras, but pleaded guilty to two lesser offenses of withholding information to Congress in order to avoid a trial and a possible jail term.
He also remained an integral part of the tight-knit neoconservative foreign policy community in Washington that revolved around one of his early mentors, Richard Perle, and former UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
www.bintjbeil.com /articles/en/021206_lobe.html   (1110 words)

 Neoconservatives: Archive Entry From Brad DeLong's Webjournal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Similarly if Neoconservatives believe that the best outcomes are often to be found by forgoing the opportunity to punish and that the threat or use of force is a poor deterrent to state brutality as John Bolton suggests in his testimony agaonst the ICC, it will come as a surprise to many.
Neoconservatives believe that western civilization and its ideals are worth defending, and that US foreign policy should seek to do that, and wherever possible promote democracy and human rights around the world.
Neoconservatives appear to have all the hallmarks of a fascist movement.
www.j-bradford-delong.net /movable_type/2003_archives/001994.html   (9908 words)

 Point#3, Neoconservatives, Washington's War Party
Neoconservatives are pro-bombing, pro-empire Washington policy wonks (almost never with a business or military background) who have filled the vacuum on the Right, where most Americans have little interest in foreign policy and know little about foreign nations.
Neoconservatives are former liberals (which explains the 'neo' prefix) who advocate an aggressive unilateralist vision of U.S. global supremacy, which includes a close strategic alliance with Israel.
The neoconservatives, or "neocons," have never amounted to more than a few dozen intellectuals and publicists, nearly all of whom seem to be newspaper columnists, magazine editors, and foundation officials.
www.iraqwar.org /point3.htm   (4937 words)

 Stephen Schwartz on Neoconservatives & Trotsky on National Review Online
Fear of Trotskyist infiltration (partisans of the movement call it "entrism") is something of a bugaboo in French politics, but, then, in France Trotskyist parties gain millions of votes in national elections.
And the fact is that many of the original generation of neoconservatives had a background of association with Trotskyism in its Shachtmanite iteration — that is, they belonged to or sympathized with a trend in radical leftism that followed the principle of opposition to the Soviet betrayal of the revolution to its logical end.
There is clearly a group of heresy-hunters among the original neoconservatives who resent having to give way to certain newer faces, with our own history and culture.
www.nationalreview.com /comment/comment-schwartz061103.asp   (1783 words)

 frontline: blair's war: the fractured alliance: of martians and venutians | PBS
It is you neoconservatives who are out of line -- not the rest of us.
As you work on that, let me say that the mere repeating of the term "neoconservative" over and over again is no substitute for an actual argument.
For one thing, it is clear from your first intervention that you have no idea what a neoconservative is (you seem to think they are Christian fundamentalists from the South).
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/blair/europe/kh.html   (3917 words)

 Neoconservatives at Sea - by Jim Lobe
Because Israel's security is so central to the neoconservative worldview, the split between the hard-line neoconservatives, who are closely aligned with Likud's extremists, and their more pragmatic brethren, such as Rice's top Middle East aide, Elliott Abrams, who lean more to Sharon and even Olmert, deeply threatens its unity and ideological coherence.
With the insurgency as vigorous as ever, many neoconservatives began rubbing salt in old wounds, reviving complaints that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had failed to deploy a large enough force, either during the invasion or now, with elections pending.
Worse for the neocons are reports that the regional assistant secretaries of state, including the Near East bureau which neoconservatives had hoped would go to Pletka or someone of her ilk, will be dominated by career diplomats.
www.antiwar.com /lobe/?articleid=4419   (1307 words)

 Whose War?
A neoconservative clique seeks to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America’s interest.
Finding themselves in an unanticipated firefight, our neoconservative friends are doing what comes naturally, seeking student deferments from political combat by claiming the status of a persecuted minority group.
So, too, the neoconservatives are trying to fend off critics by assassinating their character and impugning their motives.
www.amconmag.com /03_24_03/cover.html   (4534 words)

“Neoconservative” is the somewhat misleading term for an increasingly influential group in Washington these days largely responsible for the push toward war in the Middle East.
Now they are occupying a growing number of top-level and mid-level positions in the US government.
Ari Shavit in Ha’aretz (Israel) - The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most of them Jewish, who are pushing President Bush to change the course of history.
www.ifamericansknew.org /us_ints/neocons.html   (1400 words)

 The Power of Nightmares Part II
VO: For the neoconservatives, the collapse of the Soviet Union was a triumph.
VO: For the neoconservatives, the aim of this new morality was to unite the nation.
And in their reaction to the attacks, the neoconservatives would transform the failing Islamist movement into what would appear to be the grand revolutionary force that Zawahiri had always dreamed of.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /video1038.htm   (7639 words)

 US News / Special: Empire Builders | Christian Science Monitor
Kagan and fellow neoconservative William Kristol co-founded the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) in 1997.
Son of "godfather" of neoconservatism Irving Kristol, Bill Kristol is currently chairman of the Project for a New American Century, which he co-founded with leading neoconservative writer Robert Kagan.
Gaffney is also one of 25 mostly neoconservative co-signers of the Project for a New American Century's Statement of Principles.
www.csmonitor.com /specials/neocon/index.html?story   (1936 words)

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