neoconservatives

Trump leaving neocons in dust

Kristina Wong, The Hill

Whereas neoconservatism advocates spreading American ideals through the use of military force, Trump has made the case for nationalism and a smaller U.S. military footprint. In what Trump calls an "America First" approach, he proposes rejecting alliances that don't work, trade deals that don’t deliver, and military interventionism that costs too much.

Would Donald Trump Save Americans From Unnecessary War?

Subsidizing prosperous, populous allies and attempting to remake failed states provides little benefit to most Americans, who do the dying and paying. Hillary Clinton’s foreign support actually reinforces Donald Trump’s point: the need for an international policy that advances the interests of the American people.

A sea change on regime change

Paul Mulshine, New Jersey Star-Ledger

In the Republican debate, the candidates opposing regime change were Donald Trump, surgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. The RealClearPolitics average of polls shows that they have the support of 65 percent of likely primary voters. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton also favors regime change. Rubio=Hillary.

Sarah Palin Blasts Noonan

Dylan Byers, Politico

Sarah Palin issued a backhanded compliment to Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, commending her most recent column while at the same time faulting her for taking so long to come around to defending conservatives.

NeoCons Are Back But Not in GOP

Kelley Vlahos, American Conservative

Will the hawks have the clout to push the Syria issue, or will they be sidelined by a growing anti-interventionism within the GOP?

Gingrich: Intervention Is Wrong

Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times

Newt Gingrich, a neocon hawk, says the U.S. military interventions he used to support has backfired and needs to be re-evaluated.

Radel and Massie Forcing the Constitution on Obama and Neo Cons

Two of the limited government constitutional conservative “boat rockers,” Representatives Trey Radel (FL-19) and Tom Massie (KY-4), whom we endorsed in the 2012 primaries are living-up to our expectations and fighting to force the Obama administration back inside the strict limits of the Constitution – especially with regard to Obama’s foolish adventure into the Syrian civil war.

Senator Paul: Egypt Shows Folly Of U.S. Intervention Abroad

As Senator Rand Paul noted, the problem “with constantly intervening in these troubled parts of the world is that there are often no clear good guys or bad guys. Today's ally can quickly become tomorrow's enemy. This should be a paramount and obvious concern, but in Washington it is almost always treated as an afterthought.” Obama, neo-cons in Congress, the 40 U.S. military personnel we just sent to Egypt as “peacekeepers,” and the average American taxpayer, must now face the reality that, despite the trillions invested, our American government has done a lousy job of picking winners and losers in foreign political contests.

Fighting Terrorists by Arming Them

W. James Antle III, American Conservative

The Syrian intervention McCain and the Clintons want would be a war for Islamism, not democracy.

O Borrows From Bush Iraq Playbook

Ron Paul, Texas Straight Talk

Obama plans to send weapons to Syrian rebels -- al-Qaeda fighters. See the Bush War irony?

McCain And Neo-Cons Get Their War In Syria

How do we know the next Syrian government won’t be just as bad or worse than Bashar al-Assad? The answer of course is that we don’t know, and the only way to have any hope of preventing such an outcome will be to engage in a massive “nation building” effort better than the haphazard failures we conducted in Iraq and are now conducting in Afghanistan. It is time for conservatives and libertarians to join forces – and welcome those liberals who have the spine to oppose the President they backed – to demand the U.S. stay out of the Syrian civil war.

Civil Liberties: A GOP Civil War?

W. James Antle III, American Conservative

As Repubs reject Obama's national-security state, neocons target the party's libertarian wing.

Exporting Democracy Makes Enemies

Pat Buchanan, American Conservative

Forcing our values on countries with completely different cultural ethics causes deep resentment.

Rand Paul’s Tough NSA Moment

Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman, Politico

Paul consistently stands for the Constitution, but also wants to find common ground with hawks.