Principalities & Powers

The Cabal Strikes Back

Ever since the exposure in the mainstream media last year of the neoconservatives as a fifth column that engineered the present boondoggle in Iraq, dragged the United States into a foreign war for the transparent benefit of Israel, and concocted what are now known to have been lies about Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” and Saddam Hussein’s “links” to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the neoconservative cabal in both the Bush administration and the press has been on the defensive.  The cabal (or, at least, its major leaders in government) ought to be standing in the same dock that Alger Hiss and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg once occupied, but that outcome cannot—yet—be realized.  What has been realized is the complete discrediting of “neoconservatism” as a more “humane,” more “responsible,” or more “credible” variety of the conservative persuasion.  Whatever you might say about the flaws of the Old Right, it never placed the interests of foreign states above those of its own country, nor did it ever entice the United States into war to serve the imperial and perhaps even genocidal ambitions of such states.  The discrediting of the neocons has been carried out by the “mainstream” or “establishment” and largely liberal press, even though most of what has been brought to public attention...

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