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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The neocons behind Palin

The DT reports:

Comments by the governor of Alaska in her first television interview, in which she said Nato may have to go to war with Russia and took a tough line on Iran's nuclear programme, were the result of two weeks of briefings by neoconservatives.

Sources in the McCain camp, the Republican Party and Washington think tanks say Mrs Palin was identified as a potential future leader of the neoconservative cause in June 2007. That was when the annual summer cruise organised by the right-of-centre Weekly Standard magazine docked in Juneau, the Alaskan state capital, and the pundits on board took tea with Governor Palin.

Her case as John McCain's running mate was later advanced vociferously by William Kristol, the magazine's editor, who is widely seen as one of the founding fathers of American neoconservative thought - including the robust approach to foreign policy which spurred American intervention in Iraq.

The McCain-Palin ticket is being promoted as the ticket for 'Change'. In fact, its the 'No Change' ticket, offering a continuation of the disastrous policies of Cheney and Bush. If you really do want more neocon wars of aggression, you know who to vote for.

PS. I think it's time that Michael Palin dropped the drag routine, don't you? It was funny at the Republican convention, but now its wearing a bit thin.


Nick said...

More wars of aggression, Neil? At the moment they'd be hard pressed to put together an army to fight a third war. (Of course, bombing's always an option, but it tends not to change hearts and minds.)

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Anonymous said...

I think the book titled Between Jesus and the Market: The Emotions That Matter in Right Wing America by Linda Kintz tells us a lot about who and what Sarah Palin is appealing to, and energising.

Plus The Political Brain by George Lakoff

Both books point to the fact of how deeply irrational right wing politics and "relgion" in the USA really are.

Which is even in some sense more surprising, because many of those on the right like to prattle on about the primacy of "reason" as a tool for finding and promoting Truth. They even have web-sites such as Stand To Reason and Let Us Reason.

That "religious" chap in Rome (the one that wears the clown costumes and funny hats) is also very big on "reason", and yet again, many of his most ardent right-wing champions would be very enthusiastic about Sarah Palin