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Donald Rumsfeld: Barack Obama Lacks 'Clarity of Vision' It is rich hearing Donald Rumsfeld, who made some outlandish statements to advance the earlier Iraq War he helped instigate and manage as secretary of defense, fault US President Barack Obama for not providing “clarity of vision.”

29 September 2014read on...

Michele Bachmann Goes Berserk! Michele Bachmann throws the blanket over all Muslims saying:

Yes, Mr. President, it is about Islam!


26 September 2014read on...

Lieberman: 'Attack Assad AND ISIS!'
Joe Lieberman finds no reason to keep up the facade of the backdoor-to-war with Syria. He flat out said on Face The Nation Sunday: “We should attack Assad and fight ISIS.”

22 September 2014read on...

Max Boots On The Ground
The neocons have a jackboot in the door and they are commencing to kick it in. After they relentlessly hectored President Obama for last week admitting he does not have a strategy to deal with ISIS, the president this week decided to triangulate. Not a single US boot on the ground, he solemnly promised (though we already have 1,000), but he would bomb ISIS to smithereens wherever they might hide. Everywhere!

12 September 2014read on...

Max Boot Greases The Wheels of Empire Max Boot lays it on pretty thick here...

22 August 2014read on...

Krauthammer: Arm The Kurds!
While Senator John McCain is busy calling President Obama a sissy, with his “pinprick” airstrikes in Iraq, his neocon comrade Charles Krauthammer offers up the following idea...

9 August 2014read on...

'We Are With You...Here Are The Missiles'
Though in the limited time left before Congress adjourns for August break it seemed doubtful an emergency aid package to re-arm Israel could pass, it appears the Senate is not as moribund on some issues as others.

2 August 2014read on...

Rubin & Rubio Try To Keep Conservatives In Line
Panic time for neocons! Another poll has been released showing American disdain for the sprawling US military empire. This time Politico hands a piece of kryptonite to the warmongers. An incredible two out of three Americans want the US to stay out of foreign conflicts that are not a direct threat to US national security.

21 July 2014read on...

Michael Ledeen: A Deal With Iran Is Not Enough
If you’re a non-interventionist, neocon Michael Ledeen has some news for you. Don’t get too excited about a nuclear deal with Iran.

10 July 2014read on...

Jennifer Rubin: 'We Must Fix Burma Now!'
Maintaining a military empire is an impossible task. Austrian economic theory explains the reasons why, and human history has more than proved the fact in an empirical sense. Yet, despite the countless failures at world domination, a new batch of power-lusters are always ready to roll the dice that are permanently loaded against them.

8 July 2014read on...

Neocon Watch

Neocons Delighted With Egypt Chaos


Neocons held no love for Egypt’s deposed President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, which some felt threatened the US “influence” over Egyptian affairs that is rented with the annual $1.5 billion foreign assistance check. That a democracy was to be undermined by tanks was no big deal to them – it’s all about influence.

Charles Krauthammer said: “We have no particular stake in Egypt’s economy. Our stake is in its politics. Yes, we would like to see a strong economy. But in a country ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood?”

Jennifer Rubin echoed: “...a colossal failure of Muslim Brotherhood rule in the most populous and arguably most important Arab country would not, to be blunt, be a bad thing for U.S. interests, democracy and stability.”

Whether Egypt calls itself a democracy or not, the U.S. carries a big stick. Robert Kagan describes it: “Americans provide $1.5 billion a year in assistance to Egypt, $1.3 billion of which goes to the Egyptian military. It has leverage over the decisions of the IMF and influence with other international donors on whom Egypt’s economy ultimately depends. The U.S. ambassador to Egypt wields so much potential influence that Egyptians obsess daily over whom she is meeting with and concoct wild conspiracies based on trivial events.”

To neocons, leverage is everything. U.S. influence over the Egyptian military is key. As Sen. Lindsey Graham has said: “The day we cut off aid is the day we don’t have leverage.”

So we must keep robbing the taxpayers!

Though the Egyptian military has long been on the U.S. taxpayer dole, what could the U.S. do to tip the scales against the neocon-hated Morsi?
Robert Kagan, in his boasting above, missed a very important area of leverage: Food.

As RPI Academic Board Member Eric Margolis points out: “Cairo imports huge quantities of wheat and subsidizes retail prices for bread. The US sustained the Sadat and Mubarak regimes with boatloads of wheat discounted 50%.” He points out that although US aid stayed the same, this subsidy “tapered off when Morsi took power. Food prices in Egypt rose 10%.

Was this done intentionally to help stir the stomachs of the Egyptian people? Was it done to tip the scales against Morsi? Who knows.

In any case, U.S.-funded Egyptian tanks rolled in at the command of a US trained General, an elected leader was removed from power, and thus ensued the coup that could not be called a coup by the U.S. so that “leverage” could continue. Chalk up another one for the neocons. For now…
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