Purging the Neocons from the American Soul


Here is some thinking I have written up about America’s ongoing neocon problem and the threat that that movement represents over at Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish.
And for those in Chicago or at APSA, I’m blogging away in the fantastic lounge of the Sheraton Hotel on the Chicago River.
— Steve Clemons


7 comments on “Purging the Neocons from the American Soul

  1. Paul says:

    Excellent post, Steve. Perhaps the neocons with their supposed interest in historical analogy should consider the Boer War and its impact on British standing with the other European powers in the years leading up to WWI. I very much doubt that the very spotty performance of the British Army against a group of irregulars (granted they were people whose upbringing made them natural soldiers) struck fear in the hearts of the German General Staff. A more attenuated parallel is WWI itself. Although there is no comparison in the number of war dead, the loss of prestige of conventional leaders (kings, emperors, prime ministers, et al.) from their indifference to sending millions of young men to their deaths attacking trenches defended by machine guns for no good reason is what opened the door to really malevolent players like Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler.


  2. arthurdecco says:

    I’d lay odds that if you wrote like this on your own blog every day, you’d be the Huffington Post.
    Great job, Mr. Clemons. Thank you for forcing me to think.


  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Damn, Steve. Thats more like it. I hope we are seeing a harbinger of things to come.
    But hey, helping find folks like Ornstien, Powell, or Zakhiem slither holes, through which they can weasel out of their responsibility in hatching this mess this copuntry is in, is a bit schizo when compared to your great post at “The “Daily Dish”.


  4. Dave Huntsman says:

    Several of the statements in this are so cogent and compact they should be in the articles of impeachment – seriously – for Cheney/Bush.


  5. MarkL says:

    What do you think about the possibility of the US attacking Iran in the very near future? Do you think this is really in the cards? If so, why are the Democrats supine?


  6. B.W. says:

    Steve, you are “sizzlin” today. Geez….what a fucking great post. Just sent you a paypal donation to help encourage you to stay on this track. Not much, but I hope it helps.


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