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NeoCons Switch From McCain to Giuliani Print E-mail
by Tom Pauken    Thu, Jul 12, 2007, 11:38 am

With John McCain’s presidential campaign floundering, many of his neoconservative supporters are jumping ship and joining the Giuliani camp.

Until recently, McCain had been the preferred presidential candidate of the neoconservative faction within the Republican Party. Now, it appears that leading neoconservatives are supporting Rudy Giuliani although the Fred Thompson campaign has some neocon support.

The Giuliani campaign announced this week that the “neocon godfather” Norman Podhoretz has signed on as a “senior foreign policy” adviser to Rudy Giuliani. Podhoretz is the father in-law of Elliott Abrams, President Bush’s Middle East adviser at the National Security Council (NSC).

Norman Podhoretz (the former editor of Commentary magazine) has been a strong advocate of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East for decades. In fact, he was very critical of former President Reagan for withdrawing U.S. troops from Lebanon during the civil war in that country.

Among his current foreign policy recommendations, Norman Podhoretz has advocated the bombing of Iran, use of military force to replace a number of regimes in the Middle East, and the maintenance of a permanent U.S. military presence in the Middle East.

Other neoconservative advisers who have joined the Giuliani team include John Bolton, Martin Kramer, Steven Rosen and Peter Berkowitz.

For those unfamiliar with the term, neoconservatives are former “social democrats” whose policy views were reflected by such Democratic politicians as Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Pat Moynihan and Scoop Jackson. Although philosophical liberals, the neoconservative intellectuals clashed with the McGovern wing of the Democratic Party and increasingly migrated to the Republican Party. They were supportive of President Reagan’s policy to defeat the Soviet Empire, but were at odds with the President over Reagan’s policy in the Middle East.

Once the Cold War was over, neoconservatives pushed for an expansionist policy in the Middle East and called for the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. Neoconservative policy officials in the Bush Administration were the principal architects of the War in Iraq. Within the Administration, Vice President Cheney is their chief sponsor and protector.

Many Goldwater-Reagan conservatives have been critical of the neoconservative dominance of American foreign policy in this administration. I include myself in that number. But, traditional conservatives are not the only Republicans opposed to the neoconservative world view. A number of foreign policy advisers in the George Herbert Walker Bush Administration also have objected to the neocon influence in his son’s administration. Particularly noteworthy among those critics is former National Security Council adviser Brent Scowcroft.

Many of us on the Right favor a return to a foreign policy of realism as exemplified by the Eisenhower and Reagan Administrations in which we only intervene militarily when our vital national interests are at stake. By his selection of key foreign policy advisers from the neoconservative ranks, Rudy Giuliani is signaling to voters than he will continue the Cheney/neoconservative policy of unilateral U.S. military interventionism in the Middle East.

Why should he continue to heed the advice of “experts” who have been proven wrong time and time again when it comes to dealing with the serious threat of militant Islam?

By relying on such “experts”, Rudy Giuliani is falling into the same trap John McCain did as a presidential candidate this election cycle. And, I predict it will have the same disastrous results for the Giuliani campaign as it did for the McCain candidacy.

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written by David A Hill , July 12, 2007

I find myself agreeing with you Mr Pauken. If Mr. Giuliani adopts the McCain philosophy I believe he will fall short with the Traditional American Conservative.

written by Sharon Boyd , July 13, 2007

By Tom's definition, Russ Limbaugh is a neocon, too.

written by Steve Heath , July 14, 2007

A lot of true conservatives like Mr. Pauken and pat Buchananan tried to warn us about the neocon war agenda before the iraq war began. Most republicans did not listen, but instead bought the lies and misinformation given to us. I don't know what the definition of a neocon is - a lot of republicans resent being called "Neocons" but still continue to follow and promote their goals and agenda. Rush Limbaugh certainly falls within that group, although if he did not, he would probably be out of a job, as a requirement for a broadcaster position on neocon talk radio, appears to be blind support for the war -and the future wars to some. For those who at the least cannot admit that at this point in time -that the Iraq war was not a mistake, I suggest you should not complain when someone characterizes you as a Neocon. How much evidence will it take before you can admit that maybe people like Pauken and Buchanan were right, and should be give some credit. I put my trust in Ron Paul - he had the judgment to oppose this war before it got started. None of the other republicans showed such sound judgment, and none will admit even today that they were wrong. That alone should disqualify them from consideration as Commander In chief.

written by Deidre Arthur , July 14, 2007

I agree that it seems that blind support of war is a requirement for being a neocon talk radio host these days.

"Independence Day" is the song heard everyday before Sean Hannity's program ~ even though, ironically, it has nothing to do with American history.

It' really a song about a domestic violence victim's struggle with an abusive husband.

That's always seemed like a misuse of the song to me. But I guess it has worked out quite well for Sean.

Here are the words:

"Well she seemed all right by dawn's early light, though she looked a little worried and weak.

She tried to pretend he wasn't drinkin' again, but daddy left the proof on her cheek and I was only eight years old that summer.

And I always seemed to be in the way, so I took myself down to the fair in town ~

On Independence Day.

Well word gets a round in a small, small town, they said he was a dangerous man, but Mama was proud and she stood her ground she knew she was on the losin' end.

Some folks whispered, some folks talked, but everybody looked the other way.

And when time ran out there was no one about on Indpendence Day.

CHORUS: Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing, let the whole world know that
today is a day of reckoning.

Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong, roll the stone away, let the guilty pay, it's Independence Day.

Well she lit up the sky that fourth of July, by the time the firemen come.

They just put out the flames and took down some names, and sent me to the county home.

Now I aint sayin' it's right or it's wrong, but maybe it's the only way.

Talk about your revolution, it's Independence Day.

Roll the stone away, it's Independence Day."

written by Byron George , July 17, 2007

Sean Hannity for President.

written by Melissa Redding , July 17, 2007

Well, then, Byron George, you are a neocon.

written by ShanghaiJohnnyP , August 19, 2007

Sean Hannity for President???
Ooohh Puhlease!!!Hannity;Like Bill O'Reilly is just yet another Irish Catholic NeoCon Elitist who's never faced the real world and spends his time like a parrott in a cage speaking what his owners tell him to say!!
FYI:I'm a tough ol'Scots-Irish SOB who realized a few years ago that decided not to get caught up in the frenzy to"Drink The Kool Aid"that both the right as well as the left tries to force feed us daily!!!
My Great,Great,Great,Great Grandfather Patterson served in the 10th North Carolina Continental Line Regiment in the Revolutioinary War;which is more than I can say for O'Really and Vanity!!!
Bush,Phfft!!!Isn't it time America woke up and chased him and the rest of his blue blood;inbred;aristocratic dysfunctional alcholic;mentally ill and drug addicted family out of Texas and Florida back to Connecticut already????!!!
The only two men in politics are Senator John McCain and Senator James Webb!!
Besides being proud Scots-Irish Americans who served their country
during an unpopular war,and encouraged their sons to serve!!!
Which is more than I can say for the rest of thees Conserverable Republicrats!!!
Mr.O'Reilly and Hannity included!!!
ShanghaiJOhnnyP. Scots-Irish and Proud!!!

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