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Tomorrow Chris Matthews will have an interview with Rand Paul, and in the last couple of days he’s been saying nice things about the Kentucky senator and using him to bash the neoconservatives. I’m sufficiently experienced to know cultivation of a journalistic subject when I see it, but Matthews has also been resonating sincerely with Paul’s anti-war fervor, and doubting Hillary Clinton’s.

Last night Matthews aired Paul’s argument that the neoconservatives helped create ISIS by starting the tragic Iraq war; and Matthews said that Paul was doing a better job of discrediting the neocons than Clinton is:

For 20 years they’ve been wrong and we’re still listening to them, because they’ve got the gall to keep speaking. The Democrats don’t do it as well as Rand Paul does, blow these guys apart… He believes it.

(Jim Fallows: “Genuine Q: What is the track record of accurate predictions or principled commentary that keeps getting B Kristol onto Sunday talk panels?”)

Matthews went on to offer his political wisdom about the antiwar “soul” of the Republican electorate, and by extension, Democrats:

The person who wins the presidency is the [man or woman]… who figures out what is it in the American soul at that time that’s really motivating them. It’s kind of a romance…

Right now I think there’s a surprising level of war weariness in the Republican rank and file. Not the big shots and the people with money to spend $200 million on a candidate. But the regular person in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Iowa, they are really ripped about these wars.

The candidate who is willing to stand up and say the U.S. made mistakes, is going to rise above the Republican crowd, Matthews suggested.

Matthews went further in his closing segment. Again he blasted the neoconservatives, and questioned Hillary Clinton’s belief that the Iraq war was a mistake.

It’s not surprising that the country’s lone libertarian presidential candidate is the one Republican with the courage to call out his party for the disastrous route this government has taken since the weeks after 9/11…

The war was bad. If the Republicans want the White House the first thing they have to do is confess the horrible decision they made the last time they had it.

Hillary Clinton called her support of the war a mistake. I dearly hope she means it.

Earlier this week, Chris Matthews used Bernie Sanders as a springboard to attack the neoconservatives, as warmongers who would never pick up a gun, only a keyboard:

Democrats never forget why they have the White House today. They have it because they ran a candidate who opposed the stupidity and horror of the Iraq War…

The truth is we were taken last time, as Senator Sanders has made clear.  Taken by a president lacking the intellectual heft to serve, a vice president driven by a determination to kill and by ideologues so gung-ho to send our kids into battle they should not be allowed near a keyboard again, a keyboard being their primary means of battle.

We’ve had too many wars, too many days and nights of killing Islamic people on global television, too many people whose instinct is to exploit their positions to pursue their ideological madness.

I love Matthews’s lathers, as readers know. I sure hope they add up to something. It’s impossible to put all these pieces together, the 20-year reign of the neoconservatives, the rich donors who support them and the wars they promote, the killing of Muslims on television, and the Democratic complaisance in these policies, without talking about the Israel lobby: without critiquing the support for the Israeli occupation that runs from Richard Perle’s Clean Break to Obama’s collapse in the Security Council and at the Democratic convention. We will never win the antiwar struggle inside American politics till we correctly identify the enemy. There is simply no constituency in this country for a war with Iran, except in the Israel lobby.




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  1. Pretext
    May 28, 2015, 12:30 pm

    Right? WTH do they keep drawing from the discredited Bill Kristol well, but won’t give time to Max Blumenthal?

    Makes me wonder if there ever was a time that journalism was more than about waging a viewpoint propaganda war.

  2. pabelmont
    May 28, 2015, 12:43 pm

    I hope all this is widely heard.

  3. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    May 28, 2015, 1:07 pm

    Right on the money, Phil. Rand Paul is getting some hits, and you can see the extent of influence of the Israel Lobby in media by the voices and pens who attack him personally, seek to ridicule him, render him “not serious,” because part of their mission in life is to not allow the Neocons to be taken on directly. Part of their mission in life is to defend their position among so-called elites who exercise power from a vantage point of condescending, Neo-Straussian entitlement to “mislead the public for its own good.”

    But Neocons are fair game. Their ideology and plans are written down and available. Their “damn right” attitude about the Lebanonization of Iraq as having been their intent all along (why else did Bremer explode the constructive steps Garner had taken to stabilize Iraq? Why else did Netanyahu tell his cabinet recently his biggest fear is that Iran will get its deal with P5 + 1 and abide by every term?). Their fingers all over the chaos in Ukraine. Their dedication to pre-emptive war against Iran. Their prior support of ISIS. All that is lacking is intellectual honesty among the “crowd” of journalists to put aside the Neocon cup of Kool-Aid from their lips, to say, I’m going on the wagon from that hallucinogen. I’m going back to work at my profession.

    And see this NYTimes Op Ed contribution from a Palestinian soccer player demanding, on FIFA’s day of shame, that FIFA red card Israel for its mistreatment of Palestinian soccer, calling out the “Death to Arabs” chants at Israeli club soccer matches:

    Times are changing, just not fast enough.

    • JWalters
      May 28, 2015, 6:56 pm

      “why else did Bremer explode the constructive steps Garner had taken to stabilize Iraq?”

      A dynamite question. Thanks for the excellent post.

  4. JLewisDickerson
    May 28, 2015, 5:15 pm

    RE: “We’ve had too many wars, too many days and nights of killing Islamic people on global television, too many people whose instinct is to exploit their positions to pursue their ideological madness.” ~ Chris Matthews

    MY COMMENT: The “Red Right Hand” of the neocons! ! ! ~

    P.S. LYRICS –

    • JLewisDickerson
      May 28, 2015, 6:28 pm

      P.P.S. ALSO SEE – “Neocons: The Men of Dementia”, By William R. Polk,, 27 May 2015
      In the classic novel Don Quixote de la Mancha, the great Spanish writer Cervantes explored the danger of mixing delusions of grandeur with adventurous combat. Yet, today instead of the man of la Mancha, we have the neocons playing the men (and some women) of dementia, as ex-diplomat William R. Polk describes.
      LINK –

  5. JWalters
    May 28, 2015, 6:52 pm

    “There is simply no constituency in this country for a war with Iran, except in the Israel lobby.”

    Thank you for saying this so bluntly. It needs to be constantly repeated because the powers that be will flood the media with the usual garbage to drown this fact out.

    I too am very glad to see Chris Matthews pushing the envelope on this general topic. Now even Joe Scarborough has given Rand Paul a platform to express his analysis of the Iraq war leading to ISIS. And while Joe and arch-Zionist Donny Deutch emphasized their disagreement with Paul, they acknowledged his right to speak his mind on this. No cheap tricks to drown him out. Perhaps suppressing the facts for so long is starting to become too stomach-churning for them.

    I’d like to see your point (the Israel lobby as the main constituency for war with Iran) discussed on Morning Joe – with Lawrence Wilkerson and Rand Paul on the panel. Until recently I would have predicted a lot of talking over the guests, sputtering, and misinformation. But now I’m not so sure. Maybe in a month …?

  6. Les
    May 28, 2015, 7:22 pm

    The 24/7 racist depiction of Palestinians and Arabs by our media is intended to incite more than the limited Jewish audience.

  7. ritzl
    May 28, 2015, 10:37 pm

    Maybe OT, but certainly related, did anyone catch the PBS Frontline (@frontlinepbs) piece on “Obama at War”?

    I rarely swear on Twitter, but it was a piece of trash. Worst I’ve ever seen them do. Usually they throw some glimmer of a question mark at official policy and let the viewer take it from there. This report on turning Syria in bloody mush swallowed the neocon line hook-line-sinker-hand-arm-shoulder and entire upper body. All that was left of the rational option of diplomacy and non-military intervention to make a better future for Syrians (and us, by avoiding another step toward perpetual war; which the US public made perfectly clear it wanted no part of) was a tiny pair of legs running around for people (all the interviewees) to smirk and scoff at.

    The whole piece was a paean to accepting the neocon vision (that Wesley Clark pointed out and warned against in 2003[?]) as an unqestionable article of faith. It should have been titled: “Leaving aside the millions it’s going to kill or make refugees, engineering the destruction of a country is really hard on the guy at the top.”

    Beyond that I won’t characterize it.

    Peace (dammit)!!

    • Interested Bystander
      Interested Bystander
      May 29, 2015, 12:26 am

      @Ritzl: Thanks for the link to the Frontline piece. I don’t think it makes a case that Obama should have bombed Syria, or moved forward with an undefined Patraeus/Clinton covert support of vaguely unspecified “moderate” opposition groups in 2012. Robert S. Ford comes off as a partisan with an ax to grind. The Wikipedia entry for him says a former CIA intelligence officer said on Russia Today that prior to his removal, Ford went around Syria inciting opposition groups. Frontline only refers to the Hama visit. But it seems pretty clear Ford lost perspective and was out over his skis, and now has an ax to grind because he was dismissed. Doing nothing, or next to nothing, in the face of the destruction we are seeing in Syria is not an easy thing to do. I don’t come away from the Frontline piece that Obama’s judgement was wrong. McCain’s utter inability to answer the question–he doesn’t look like he’s thought about it–if you topple Hussain who would come into power next, was telling. The red head from “Syria Comment” made a pretty strong case that it’s ISIS or NUSRA. It’s tough watching because it’s a gut wrenching tragedy.

  8. Qualtrough
    May 28, 2015, 11:25 pm

    Matthews has been going off the reservation lately and I would not be at all surprised if he is pinned with some ‘scandal’ soon.

  9. jimshier
    May 29, 2015, 6:39 am

    Exactly correct! Keep writing. Someone else said, “times are changing, just not fast enough..” I couldn’t agree more. And the entire mainstream media, with the exception of MSNBC, seems to be completely clued out on this. Incredible!

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