update at bottom
It will be a relief when a neocon doesn't have the ear of the president. They are a small but deadly lot. Most names are familiar to those who pay attention: Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, Richard Perle, William Kristol, John Bolton and Lynne and Dick Cheney.
Working behind the scenes, however, is the godfather of neoconservatism, Norman Podhoretz. Podhoertz, a Zionist, has been accused of anti-Muslim rhetoric. He is the founder of the Project for the New American Century, PNAC, a far-right think tank. PNAC is a coalition of mainly Jewish, neo-conservatives and more traditional right-wing hawks like Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld [link] Another 'star' of PNAC is Daniel Pipes, "a staunch Likud supporter who has long argued that Washington has been too complacent about the threat of Islamist radicalism both overseas and at home."
Podhoretz seized the opportunity on the election of George Bush to fulfill his world-order plan: preemption. We Americans are now reeling with blood and debt for that foolish plan.
In the late summer of 2000, the naive Texas governor was 'educated' about foreign policy by a team of neocons including Podhoretz and Cheney. As Mr. Bush was essentially an empty slate, he absorbed the neocon philosophy like a sponge. And, right after 9-11, the words of Podhoretz were reiterated in the White House by Rumsfeld. It did not take Bush too long to order the invasion of Iraq.
"The Case for Bombing Iran I hope and pray that President Bush will do it" was and op ed by Norman Podhoretz published May 30, 2007 in the Wall street Journal.
As frightening as this is, even more frightening is this: Podhoretz is a foreign policy adviser to GOP front-runner Rudy Giuliani. Imagine that.
Paul Krugman in an op ed in the NYT says this: "And Mr. Podhoretz's rants are, if anything, saner than some of what we've been hearing from some of Mr. Giuliani's rivals. Thus, in a recent campaign ad Mitt Romney asserted that America is in a struggle with people who aim "to unite the world under a single jihadist Caliphate. To do that they must collapse freedom-loving nations. Like us."
Further Krugman said, "Mike Huckabee says that if Hillary Clinton is elected, "I'm not sure we'll have the courage and the will and the resolve to fight the greatest threat this country's ever faced in Islamofascism."
It seems to me that our democracy cannot afford to elect another Republican who will have the ear of fascist military reactionaries like Podhoertz. We can kiss our way of life good bye if we do.
Wake up, citizens: our enemies are inside our borders.
I just read Ray McGovern's newest piece, Attacking Iran for Israel, which adds a great deal more fuel for this disturbing topic.