Monday, July 7, 2014

The Next Act of the Neocons

Are Neocons Getting Ready to Ally With Hillary Clinton? from the New York Times
"Even as they castigate Mr. Obama, the neocons may be preparing a more brazen feat: aligning themselves with Hillary Rodham Clinton and her nascent presidential campaign, in a bid to return to the driver’s seat of American foreign policy."
This is precisely the kind of big league mistake the Clintons (Bill especially) would have made back in the 1990s -- and it remains to be seen if Hillary can adjust her thinking and be a leader for 2016 ... and not 1996.  The neocons are stoking new fires to warm  the remote reaches of the wilderness they are (and belong) in right now.  What Americans need to begin dealing with in the area of defense policy is the reality that doing nothing (as in Syria) or doing something (as in Libya) each have real in-the-world consequences.  It is no longer as simple as having either a winning or losing strategy -- or doing nothing and thus absolving yourself of any blame.  In the Middle East right now, the US and its allies are facing (as they have been facing for some decades now) a series of lose-lose options.  I do not see any scenario of a "winning" hand coming from the cards where, given the forces in play, the best you have is the equivalent of a pair of deuces.  -- Nuggetsman

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