At Current Trends, the Republican Party Won’t Have Any Republicans. . .

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. . .or real ones anyway.
Senator Chuck Hagel is a real Republican. So is former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft. I know darn well how hard core a Republican Nixon Center President Dimitri Simes is. Former Senator Alan Simpson might be a true artist at making Democrats feel at home around him, but he’s a hard core Republican — or was until recently perhaps.
George Will’s Republicanism has already been designated “high crimes insubordination” by some in the White House.
But now, the hardest of the hard William F. Buckley — founding editor of National Review — is on his way off of the President’s Christmas Card list.
In a sober piece, titled “Yes or No to Bush?“, the conservative scion Buckley salutes and says “see you later, George.”
Here is the kicker:

A geographical division of Iraq is inevitable. The major players are obvious. It isn’t plain how America, as an outside party, could play an effective role, let alone one that was decisive, in that national redefinition. And America would do well to encourage non-American agents to act as brokers — people with names like Ban Ki-moon.
On the basis of this analysis I will vote against supplementary American involvement in Iraq.

Ban Ki-moon is speaking today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Despite Buckley’s sound thinking on Iraq opposing escalation, it is also fascinating to see National Review mention the United Nations in a slightly positive tone.
More soon.
— Steve Clemons

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9 comments on “At Current Trends, the Republican Party Won’t Have Any Republicans. . .

  1. JHM says:

    Hmmm . . . so there are a handful of prominent Republicans who have not lost touch with reality.

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  2. CB says:

    THE ONLY WAY TO CHANGE THIS WHOLE MESS IS TO IMPEACH BOTH BUSH AND CHENEY OR HAVE THEM RESIGN. THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO ANYONE (9/11 COMMISSION, MILITARY LEADERS, BAKER/HAMILTON REPORT/RESULTS OF 11/7/06 ELECTION). IT LOOKS NOW LIKE THEY WILL NOT LISTEN TO CONGRESS EITHER. THEREFORE WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO IMPEACH BOTH OF THEM OR HAVE THEM RESIGN.
    IT WILL TAKE REPUBLICANS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN JUST LIKE IT DID WITH NIXON.
    THE NIGHTMARE CONTINUES …

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  3. piero says:

    americans would never consider a coup right? the people would revolt immediately; the military is too devoted to the maintenance of the interests running this bubble. the system has worked smoothly for such a long time…

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  4. Alex says:

    Oh, I think it was Saudi Arabia that “ordered” the surge as a means to better defend the Sunnis against the Shia. It is no more complicated than that.

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  5. Carroll says:

    “The geographical division of Iraq is inevitabe”
    I am still not convinced of that. So, it breaks up…so then the Shiites or the Sunnis both who want to rule “Iraq the country” just just do an Israel and invade the other one to annex it and it keeps on and on.
    I dont’ get it…no one would be happy with this it seems to me except the Kurds.

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  6. Marcia says:

    Condi Rice was just shown on CNN( behind a bouquet of yellow roses) while they announced she had just “won” the agreement of the Saudis for the “Bush” plan.
    Why did Checey made a round trip the other day, for tea and a chat?

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  7. Edward Nashton says:

    It is quite helpful that some on the Democratic side of the table help to make the distinction between true Republicans/Conservatives like Chuck Hagel vs. the neoconservatives that infected our party following Vietnam.
    At the end of the day, the only way that we are going to “defeat” neoconservatism is if we can succeed in marginalizing them.

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  8. Larry H says:

    ‘Real’ Republicans, ‘Fake’ Republicans, ‘Real’ Democrats, ‘Fake’ Democrats, it does not matter. Unfortunately it took segregationist Governor Wallace to reveal the truth that “there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between” Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats willingly went along with the War in Iraq, suspension of Habeas Corpus, detaining protesters, opening mail, banning books like “America Deceived’ from Amazon, stealing private lands (Kelo decision), warrant-less wiretapping and refusing to investigate 9/11 properly. They are both guilty of treason.
    Vote Dr. Ron Paul for President 2008.
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  9. Cambell says:

    Campbell
    Does the claimed King of the World’s ‘ War Criminals ‘ GWB really dictate world’s affairs? Is April the designated date for the invasion of Iran? As some pundits claim to be the case.. American madness at it’s best.
    Bush’s own convention rules. Those labelled as enemy combatants, being held at Guantamano Bay are not covered by the Geneva Convention, and they claim totalitarism was practiced by Russia, in the cold war era.
    “He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), US civil rights leader
    “The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. In international conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because most nations are deceived about themselves. Rationalizations and the incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind us to our sins. But the day has passed for superficial patriotism. He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), US civil rights
    PART II Geneva Convention
    GENERAL PROTECTION OF PRISONERS OF WAR
    Article 12
    Prisoners of war are in the hands of the enemy Power, but not of the individuals or military units who have captured them. Irrespective of the individual responsibilities that may exist, the Detaining Power is responsible for the treatment given them.
    Prisoners of war may only be transferred by the Detaining Power to a Power which is a party to the Convention and after the Detaining Power has satisfied itself of the willingness and ability of such transferee Power to apply the Convention. When prisoners of war are transferred under such circumstances, responsibility for the application of the Convention rests on the Power accepting them while they are in its custody.
    Nevertheless if that Power fails to carry out the provisions of the Convention in any important respect, the Power by whom the prisoners of war were transferred shall, upon being notified by the Protecting Power, take effective measures to correct the situation or shall request the return of the prisoners of war. Such requests must be complied with.
    Article 13
    Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited, and will be regarded as a serious breach of the present Convention. In particular, no prisoner of war may be subjected to physical mutilation or to medical or scientific experiments of any kind which are not justified by the medical, dental or hospital treatment of the prisoner concerned and carried out in his interest.
    Likewise, prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity.
    Measures of reprisal against prisoners of war are prohibited.
    Article 14
    Prisoners of war are entitled in all circumstances to respect for their persons and their honour. Women shall be treated with all the regard due to their sex and shall in all cases benefit by treatment as favourable as that granted to men. Prisoners of war shall retain the full civil capacity which they enjoyed at the time of their capture. The Detaining Power may not restrict the exercise, either within or without its own territory, of the rights such capacity confers except in so far as the captivity requires.
    Article 15
    The Power detaining prisoners of war shall be bound to provide free of charge for their maintenance and for the medical attention required by their state of health.
    Article 16
    Taking into consideration the provisions of the present Convention relating to rank and sex, and subject to any privileged treatment which may be accorded to them by reason of their state of health, age or professional qualifications, all prisoners of war shall be treated alike by the Detaining Power, without any adverse distinction based on race, nationality, religious belief or political opinions, or any other distinction founded on similar criteria

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