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At the American Conservative, Scott McConnell reports on Steve Walt’s talk to the Palestine Center.  Iraq was a war dreamed up by the neocons, he writes, and–

Washington is setting up the same path all over again.  As if nothing has been learned. The neocon propaganda organs are very much in place. The war talk is similar, especially the depiction of Iran’s leaders as irrational zealots, impervious to reason. Many of the key players are the same: Bill Kristol, the Wall Street Journal editorial page, “mainstream” Jeffrey Goldberg, Elliott Abrams. AIPAC drafting congressional resolutions designed to tie the administration’s hands,  which Congress rubber stamps with all the careful debate one would expect from an assembly in  Pyongyang. To an extent which seems even greater than 2002, the bulk of the Republican Party seems to have fallen in line.

Some important differences remain,  however. The entire Israel lobby is not on board for an Iran war, and there are major national security figures  in Israel itself saying it would be a bad error. The U.S. military seems more vocally opposed. The Obama administration, despite rhetorical hedging, seems to recognize that war is neither necessary nor wise.

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Yes? Surprise? Neocons conning the USA once again? But, dears, that’s how the system works: and despite 2008, Chase has once again lost — at least — $2B on crazy investments in (normal term, now) “investment vehicles” that were as unreal as a certificate of sale for the Brooklyn Bridge. Insurance policies where there was no insurable interest issued by an insurer without funds to back up those policies. Collateralized swaps without collateral. Oh, life… Read more »

PNAC 1998 Letter to Clinton.

Nothing has changed and with the US withdrawing from both Iraq and Afghanistan one can only wonder if it is preparation for the next step. The Military–industrial complex is a hungry beast

“Washington is setting up the same path all over again.” And anyone paying attention to the MSM and congress would know that this go get Iran stage has been being set since soon after the invasion of Iraq. Kristol, Lieberman, Cheney, Bolton, Reul Marc Gerecht, Rice , Hillary Clinton etc were all over the place repeating the unsubstantiated claims about Iran. Phil this morning the Mayor of Jerusalem was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Mika and… Read more »

“The Obama administration, despite rhetorical hedging, seems to recognize that war is neither necessary nor wise.” I hope this holds. When Walts say the ‘entire’ Israel lobby isn’t behind it I assume he is referring to that “loose collection of Pro Israel” not just AIPAC because AIPAC has been behind all the resolutions and bills congress has pushed on this. On the AIPAC site and in their alert mails they are always urging members to… Read more »

Let’s be clear about some of the “neocon propaganda organs” under discussion: # Neocon propaganda organs 1. 700 Club 2. ACT! for America 3. AEI (American Enterprise Institute) 4. AFDI (American Freedom Defense Initiative) 5. AFSI (Americans for a Safe Israel) 6. AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) 7. AJC (American Jewish Committee) 8. American Thinker 9. Atlas Shrugs 10. CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) 11. CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network)… Read more »