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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Postmortem on Near-East neoconservatism

Neoconservatism entailed a belief that America could support pro-American or at least pro-Western governments abroad.

The core assumption of neoconservatism was a steadfast, pro-Western, and knowledgeable foreign-policy establishment in the Arlington / DC area.

This worked against the Soviet Union. Perhaps because the neocons were mainly exiles, or (((exiles))) as has it, from Eastern Europe. It also helped that the US was more united under Reagan than it ever has been since.

Against political Islam, though: not enough neocons had the same "in" with the jihadist groups that their fathers had with the Trotskyite underground. And they also hadn't the same clout in Obama's DC that their fathers had in Reagan's (or the Bushes', or Clinton's).

Pride, fall; assembly natural.

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