Romney’s Neocons


Hiding in plain sight

Dov Zakheim, Mitt Romney’s top foreign policy advisor, wants us to know the neocons aren’t in charge of RomneyWorld:

“One of the favorite canards that Obama activists and surrogates hurl at Mitt Romney is that he is surrounded by a group of wild-eyed George W. Bush neo-cons who cannot wait to bomb Iran and bring America into yet another Middle Eastern conflict….”

But these canard-disseminators “have it all wrong,” because:

“None of the staunchest ‘architects and advocates’ of the Iraq war, I repeat, none, is advising Governor Romney. Not Donald Rumsfeld. Not Dick Cheney. Not Paul Wolfowitz. Not Doug Feith. And none of their camp followers. None.”

Zakheim modestly leaves out … himself. Yet he has long been a key link in the chain that has bound Republican policymakers to that noxious little sect known as the neoconservatives.

Alongside the very neocons he denies have any influence in RomneyWorld, Zakheim joined the Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf, a neocon front grouporganized in 1990 to support the first Gulf war: in 1998, CPSG issued a new clarion call for an invasion of Iraq addressed to President Bill, with the Usual Suspects (including Zakheim) as co-signers. Zakheim’s career as an up-and-comer in neoconservative precincts continued with the formation of the Project for a New American Century – Bill Kristol’s interventionist pressure group – on whose behalf he signed a series of open letters calling for war with Iraq. As recently as February, Zakheim continued his letter-signing spree, demanding – along with dozens of fellow neocon “camp followers” – that the President intervene in a vague-but-more-muscular fashion in Syria. In 2000, he co-authored a PNAC position paper on defense spending which called for a huge increase on the grounds that “the best defense is a good offense.” He shared credit for this proposal with Wolfowitz, Cohen, John Bolton, and Rumsfeld advisors Devon Cross and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. As Undersecretary of State and Pentagon comptroller during the Bush administration – during which time the Pentagon lost track of $1 trillion — he was a key cog in a foreign policy shop dominated by his fellow neocons.

Aside from that, however, there are plenty of neocon “camp followers” – i.e. fellow travelers, as we McCarthyites used to say – serving the Romneyite cause. I won’t bother compiling a comprehensive list, since others have taken up that task. As Ari Berman noted in The Nation way back in May:

“Romney’s team is notable for including Bush aides tarnished by the Iraq fiasco: Robert Joseph, the National Security Council official who inserted the infamous ‘sixteen words’ in Bush’s 2003 State of the Union message claiming that Iraq had tried to buy enriched uranium from Niger; Dan Senor, former spokesman for the hapless Coalition Provisional Authority under Paul Bremer in Iraq; and Eric Edelman, a top official at the Pentagon under Bush.”

And then there’s always this guy. Yes, I have in my hands a list! However, let’s brush aside Zakheim’s disingenuous denial as just another one of those “noble lies” and move along to the really interesting point (you knew we’d get to that, didn’t you?), and it is this: the neocons have gone underground! After lying us into Iraq, and acquiring a well-deserved reputation as irresponsiblearrogantincompetent war-mongers, the neocons have fled to the catacombs, waiting for the statute of limitations to absolve them of the public’s ire.

This represents progress, of a sort: you’ll recall the neocons used to deny their very existence, disdaining the “neocon” appellation as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory no Serious Person ought to repeat. That clearly hasn’t worked, however, and the record of the Bush years leaves them in the untenable position of Zakheim and his fellow “advisors,” who have to resort to denying the undeniable.

In the public mind, the word “neocon” is unalterably associated with war, and further: with a losingfutiledisastrous war. For any candidate for the presidency to be associated with them and their failed policies is electoral poison. No wonder they’ve gone back into the closet, so to speak, although they certainly have not folded up their tents and stolen into the night: far from it, as their penetration of RomneyWorld underscores.

What the neocons are hoping to get out of Romney is the same sort of hegemony they enjoyed during the Bush era: after all, how hard would it be to fill the empty vessel of Romney’s mind just as they did Dubya’s? In order to get into that position, however, it’s necessary to utilize stealth tactics, and Zakheim (as well as his candidate) understands that. Far from being nonplussed over Romney’s Gandhi imitation during the foreign policy debate, the neocons hailed his performance, with Charles Krauthammer proffering this advice:

“Don’t quarrel. Speak softly. Meet the threshold.”

The bombing will come later.

I’ll say right here and now that Romney is on course to a well-earned defeat, although I’ll refrain from calling it a landslide. I’m with Nate Silver on the numbers. Romney’s personal characteristics and history aside, what might have made a difference for the Republicans was a candidate who deviated from neoconservative foreign policy orthodoxy. It wouldn’t even have to have been a candidate as relatively radical as Ron Paul: someone along the lines of Paul’s faded carbon copy of a son would have sufficed.

As it is, the GOP will be dragged down to defeat by the same neocons whose policies pushed us to the brink of bankruptcy and made us hated around the world. Will Republicans walk away from this election having learned their lesson? I have my doubts: after all, they don’t call the GOP the Stupid Party for nothing.

  1. #1 by Stanley Spitzer on November 2, 2012 - 4:49 pm

    Jewish neo-cons should be rounded up for treason and SHOT! AIPAC banned and thrown out! Get this Jewish-Supremacyst monkey OFF OUR BACKS!!!!! They’re ruthless, racist, treasonous murderers. How the hell is it that only dual citizen Israelis are allowed to serve in the US Govt??
    That should be OUTLAWED!

    Throw all the Rothschilds in prison. Confiscate their ill-gotten assets and outlaw the Central Bank model. Nationalize the banks. All nations band together and default on the usury Rothschild debt. The solution is really quite simple. “Democracy” has proven to be poison to a certain extent. A period of martial law, so that these problems can be taken care of, is in order.

    Fill our prisons with neo-con traitors like Alan Dershowitz, William Kristol, Charlie Krauthammer and a hundred others. Anyone who squawks gets locked up. If the Christian Zionists want a civil war, bring it on and deal with them ruthlessly. For once, use our military power for something good and righteous! Extreme problems require extreme measures to save our nation. Take over the media and broadcast the truth; American patriots will follow. Israel will react, and when they do, nuke ‘em! Our 78 nuclear attack submarines will make short work of Israel’s 5 diesel subs! HA! They’ll be taken out immediately. Dimona will be turned into a sheet of glass.

    Supremacist Zionist Jewry needs to be exterminated from the entire planet, once and for all, so that it will never rise again. Common, secular Jews must be deprogrammed and abandon their tribal Judaism, then take an oath of allegiance. Any subsequent violation of their lifetime probation will get them locked up immediatley for an indeterminate period. Be a faithful American or pay the consequences.

  2. #2 by annebeck58 on November 2, 2012 - 6:18 pm

    Well, I’ll call it a landslide! I’ve said since Iowa, and I still think this: Mitt Romney is a fall-guy.
    And Bibi may lose Izrahell, too.

    Regarding the insane Republicans who fought so hard, at local levels, to keep-out the truest of all conservatives, came this in today’s email:

    Folks, I have to put it to you straight: THE DEMS ARE PULLING AHEAD OF US in TRAVIS COUNTY!

    YES. The Thursday numbers show that they have awakend (sic) and pulled out the stops to get their voters to the polls and we are lagging behind!!!

    It is not enough for you to just put a sign in your yard and vote. NO. You must help us call our Republican voters and make sure everyone votes. TURNOUT WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!!!

    *******
    And to them, I say: whaaah. Go cry in your beer. We’ve had enough. Those who were willing to show up and choose to go with the Republican slate to get rid of Romney are now happy to go with any other slate (including write-in choices) to vote against Romney. And you should have figured this out before you acted in such a self-destructive manner.
    Good-bye, G-O-Punks.

  3. #3 by annebeck58 on November 2, 2012 - 6:37 pm

    Truly, Stanley.
    In fact, I am not sure how many know this, but I did speak up. And my reward for doing same is? The District Attorney is trying to get an indictment (felony charges) against me. He may have already acquired this. Or it may have been no-billed, if the grande-jury has/had any sense.
    I do believe anyone who has allegiance with any other nation, including “Israel”, should be kicked out of this government.
    Instead, they are growing within “our” system.

  4. #4 by Gabreal Jones on November 2, 2012 - 7:24 pm

    http://www.bollyn.com/#article_13777

    ‘Sandy’ again raises its head in this article of imf in my feeling 911 investigative
    Capo di tutti capi CB.

    (…)
    It’s impossible to pretend that we live in normal times as long as the crimes of 9-11 are not solved. 9-11 was the manifestation of something very, very rotten at the core of the United States of America and as long as that crime remains unresolved, anyone who thinks that we can go back to normal and live our normal lives is really living with their head in the sand.
    – Christopher Bollyn, Kevin Barrett Show, October 15, 2012
    (…)

    (…)
    Michael Chertoff, the key person behind the 9-11 cover-up, for example, is Romney’s senior adviser on intelligence and terrorism. Dov Zakheim, the Comptroller of the Department of Defense in 2001, is another senior adviser on the Romney team. Make no mistake about it, these men are high-level agents of a foreign state, Israel, and have committed outrageous crimes against the United States of America.
    (…)

    Their heads and that of their EU/NATO trolls along with the head of rubbish spewing rabbi Joseph, mental coach of Nonsensejewho- certainly his head and that of Olmert/Barak/Peres will (have to) roll. All these Bilderbergers incl. the euroroyals like Bad Elisa II and Beatricks etc. should be put on trial, do not give them a last supper or anything of that sort, let them breath till the end, God will take care of them in the hereafter. Loving and Just. Any reconciliation with them- do not stick your head in the sand, take a look at the massmurder list of these oh so decent types- would mean classjustice optima forma. And would perpetuate the puss of these poisonous octopus types.
    1989 Romanian leader Ciaochesscow got shot, a better way would have been and is: you do the crime you do the time, simple.The Bush clan etc. would prefer to be hanged at the nearest lampost…. Let these stars of the human race enjoy the rest of their earthly life beyond solid bars .

    CIA O

  5. #5 by Babylon Babe on November 2, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    All Neocons should be immediately arrested for treason. Repeat failure to arrest these criminals means you are also a criminal, any law enforcement that is not immediately arresting neocons for treason is guilty of treason. Where the f-ck is the FBI?????

    Excuse me, Dov Zakheim IS ONE OF THE 911 MASTERMINDS!!!!!

    Romney should be arrested for hiring this known terrorist.

    Is everyone in the system a total JEW WHORE?????

  6. #6 by SEARCHLIGHT on November 2, 2012 - 9:48 pm

    WE NEED TO DO A PREEMTIVE ROUND UP OF ALL THESE ZIONIST AND NEOCONS INCLUDING ALL FUDATIONS AND LABB GROUPS LIKE THE ADL AIPAC, THAT WORKS BEHIND THE SHADOWS TO UNDERMIN OUR REPUBLIC AND BRING THEM TO MILITARY TRIAL LIKE THEY HAVE DONE TO THE MUSLIMS AND ALL INDIVIDUALS THEY HATE, AND APPLY A NO MERCY JUDGMENT JUST AS THEY HAVE DONE WITH THE SO CALLED WORLD WAR11 AND WHEN FOUND GUILTY THE DEATH PENALTY BY HANGING ON TELEVITION AND PUBLIC PACES, SO THAT THE WORLD WOLD KNOW HOW WE DEAL WITH TRAITORS AND ENEMYS OF FREEDOM.
    NOW AS FAR AS MIT ROMNEY NO MATER WHAT HE IS NO DIFERENT THAN CLINTON BUSH,OBAMA, RON PAUL SHOULD BE ON THE BALOT JUST AS SIMPLE AS THAT BECAUSE THE CRIMINAL JWS POTED TO HAVE HIM IGNORED, BECAUSE HE WOULD NOT SUPPORT ISRAHELL AND REMOVE THE MONEY PRINTING MACHINE FROM THE PARASITE JEWISH HANDS. IF RON PAUL DOES NOT GET INTO THE WHITE HOUSE AMERICA IS DONE.

  7. #7 by Blake on November 3, 2012 - 10:25 am

    Many (Jewish) donors backing him are backing the nutty fuhrer with donations too.

  8. #8 by bigcree1Shadowhawk on November 5, 2012 - 6:36 am

    Ladies & Gentlemen I must concur with you all! Your comments are all top drawer and I have nothing to add!! HANG ‘EM HIGH! Dov Zokheim, Michael (The Chabad Lubovitcher) Chertoff, Mitt Romney (Election FRAUDSTER Bar none) and all from the nearest lightpost! Either that or LIFE in Prison with no possible way out ever!! And I mean real Prison, and not the Country Club variety these freaks seek when they do get convicted. Have them all on chain gangs breaking rocks and surviving on stale bread and beans.

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