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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...

Fully Fanged, Dick Cheney Emerges From the Shadows...
Neocons appear to actually be emboldened by their failures, using disasters they have wrought as excuses to double-down on faulty analysis, bad advice, a twisted worldview. 



1 July 2014read on...

Michael Ledeen Wants 'Us' to 'Destroy Radical Islamism' Michael Ledeen wants a new American war on “radical Islamism”. This is the man who in his efforts to get the U.S. to attack Iraq wrote in 2002:

23 June 2014read on...

Let Ron Paul Help You Fight Back Against Neocons on Iraq The neocons cannot stand that Ron Paul was right on Iraq.

14 June 2014read on...

So Long, Rep. Eric Cantor
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), who is in his seventh term in the United States House of Representatives and fourth year as House Republican majority leader, lost his primary race for reelection on Tuesday. That means Cantor will be out of the House when a new Congress begins in January.

11 June 2014read on...

Ron Paul: Neocon Krauthammer Wrong on Russia/China Trade Deal
Ron Paul discusses on his Ron Paul Channel a recent article by neoconservative writer Charles Krauthammer in which Krauthammer expresses his great fear that US "influence" is on the decline after a $400 billion trade deal between Russia and China was signed last month.

2 June 2014read on...

Frederick Kagan Accidentally Admits Failure of America's Wars Neocon Frederick Kagan, who is against U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan, accidentally admits the failure of U.S. government meddling overseas.

28 May 2014read on...

Krauthamer: Bombs, Not Hashtags!
It is not often that we agree with neocon scribe Charles Krauthamer, especially in RPI's "Neocon Watch" column. In fact we are ashamed. But we have to admit he has a point. The Obama Administration's approach to diplomacy and international affairs is rapidly devolving into infantile territory, with selfieshashtags, and Tweets where once adults dared to tread.

16 May 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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