New cartoon on US neoconservatives


This video says about itself:

30 September 2008

Dr Agha Saeed speaks with authors Michael Parenti, Tariq Ali, and Peter Dale Scott on neocons and the future of the American Empire.

There is a new cartoon on United States neoconservatives is by Jen Sorensen.

She explains it here.

4 thoughts on “New cartoon on US neoconservatives

  1. *Used [Neocon] Hawks Flock to Giuliani’s Team*
    Posted by: “hapi22” hapi22@earthlink.net

    Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:02 am (PST)

    If you like what the neocons have done to America (and the world),
    you’ll LOVE Rudy Giuliani.

    The neocons are signing on to the Rudy Giuliani campaign in droves.

    But is [Giuliani] really the candidate who will “keep Americans
    safer” if his primary tactic is to go “on offense” in the “long
    war,” as he often puts it in his campaign stump speech? Critics will
    say that the neocons already tried that — in Iraq. Still, what’s
    left of the neocon movement does seem to be converging around the
    Giuliani campaign, to some degree, because he embraces their common
    themes: a willingness to use military power, a tendency to group all
    radical Islamist groups together as a common enemy, strong support
    for Israel and an aggressive posture toward Iran.”

    Rudy Giuliani was NOT on either “defense” OR “offense” while he was NYC
    mayor. Rudy took office shortly after the first terrorist bombing of the
    World Trade Center in 1993. Yet, for the entire eight years he was
    mayor, Rudy Giuliani NEVER held a single inter-agency emergency drill to
    prepare the City or the World Trade Center to deal with the next
    terrorist attack — which the terrorists had publicly SWORN to commit.

    Rudy was asleep at the switch.

    What does this say about Rudy’s vision OR judgment?

    Not only that, but Rudy — against the warnings of advisors NOT to do so
    — installed his multi-million dollar mayor’s emergency command center
    on the 23rd floor of World Trade Tower Seven, which collapsed on 9/11
    and was completely UNUSABLE.

    What does this say about Rudy’s vision OR judgment?

    Rudy Giuliani recommended his friend and business partner, BERNIE KERIK,
    to be the nation’s Homeland Security Czar, in spite of Kerik’s complete
    incompetence and Kerik’s shady doings [Kerik is currently under federal
    investigation for federal bribery, obstruction of justice and tax
    evasion . U.S. Department of Justice sources anticipate that federal
    authorities will secure an indictment against Kerik in November,
    2007,… Kerik has already pleaded GUILTY to ethics violations and has
    paid a fine of $221,000]. See “Bernie Kerik Makes Last Plea to Avoid
    Federal Indictment” at: http://tinyurl.com/2dp8l4
    http://www.talkleft.com/story/2007/10/12/111617/76

    What does this say about Rudy’s vision OR judgment?

    But, back to the neocons who are flocking to the Rudy Giuliani campaign:

    “Clearly [the neocons are] a rather one-sided group of people,”
    says Dimitri Simes of the Nixon Center, a Washington think tank.
    “Their foreign-policy manifesto seems to be ‘We’re right, we’re
    powerful, and just make my day.’ [Giuliani] is out-Bushing Bush.”

    ———————————————————-
    **Used Hawks Flock to Giuliani’s Team*

    *
    /by Michael Hirsh
    NEWSWEEK/
    /Oct 15, 2007 Issue/

    Neocons can’t help but slink around Washington, D.C. The Iraq War has
    given the neoconservatives — who favor the assertive use of American
    power abroad to spread American values — something of a bad name, and
    several of the Republican candidates seem less than eager to hire them
    as advisers. But Rudy Giuliani
    http://www.newsweek.com/related.aspx?subject=Rudolph+Giuliani
    apparently never got that memo. One of the top foreign-policy
    consultants to the leading GOP candidate is Norman Podhoretz
    http://www.newsweek.com/related.aspx?subject=Norman+Podhoretz, a
    founding father of the neocon movement.

    Podhoretz is in favor of bombing Iran
    because of the
    country’s unwillingness to suspend its uranium-enrichment program. He
    also believes America is engaged in a “world war” with “Islamofascism”
    and that Giuliani is the only man who can win it. “I decided to join
    Giuliani’s team because his view of the war — what I call World War IV
    — is very close to my own,” Podhoretz tells NEWSWEEK. (World War III,
    in his view, was the cold war.) “And also because he has the qualities
    of a wartime leader, including a fighting spirit and a determination to
    win.”

    Giuliani clearly hopes this image, born of his heroic performance on
    9/11, can carry him to the GOP nomination and to the White House. But is
    he really the candidate who will “keep Americans safer” if his primary
    tactic is to go “on offense” in the “long war,” as he often puts it in
    his campaign stump speech? Critics will say that the neocons already
    tried that — in Iraq. Still, what’s left of the neocon movement does
    seem to be converging around the Giuliani campaign, to some degree,
    because he embraces their common themes: a willingness to use military
    power, a tendency to group all radical Islamist groups together as a
    common enemy, strong support for Israel
    and an aggressive
    posture toward Iran. “He’s positioning himself as the neo-neocon,” jokes
    Richard Holbrooke, a top foreign-policy adviser to Hillary Clinton
    .

    Among the core consultants surrounding Giuliani: Martin Kramer, who has
    led an attack on U.S. Middle Eastern scholars since 9/11 for being soft
    on terrorism; Stephen Rosen, a hawkish professor at Harvard who
    advocates major new spending on defense and is close to prominent
    neoconservative Bill Kristol; former Wisconsin senator Bob Kasten, who
    often sided with the neocons during the Reagan era and was an untiring
    supporter of aid to Israel, and Daniel Pipes, who has advocated for the
    racial profiling of Muslim Americans. (He’s argued that the internment
    of Japanese-Americans during World War II was not the moral offense it’s
    been portrayed as, though he doesn’t say Muslims should suffer the same.)

    Some traditional conservatives are wary of the Giuliani team. “Clearly
    it is a rather one-sided group of people,” says Dimitri Simes of the
    Nixon Center, a Washington think tank. “Their foreign-policy manifesto
    seems to be ‘We’re right, we’re powerful, and just make my day.’ He’s
    out-Bushing Bush.” Giuliani campaign spokeswoman Maria Comella says that
    while the candidate listens to these advisers because “he wants to have
    as much information as possible, at the end of the day he makes his own
    decisions.” In some speeches and writings, Giuliani has clearly departed
    from the more extreme views of Podhoretz — who has said he “hopes and
    prays” that Bush bombs Iran — and others. His foreign-affairs team
    also consists of those who take a more centrist view, chief among them
    his policy coordinator, Yale scholar Charles Hill, who is more skeptical
    of policies like democracy promotion than most neocons. “I don’t really
    know much about neoconservatives,” Hill tells NEWSWEEK, adding that the
    team engages in “lively discussions.” Asked recently in London about
    Iran, Giuliani said he hoped to avoid military action in the end, but he
    indicated that the threat of using it should be made plain. “I believe
    the United States and our allies should deliver a very clear message to
    Iran, very clear, very sober, very serious: they will not be allowed to
    become a nuclear power,” he said. Podhoretz, by contrast, tells
    NEWSWEEK: “I believe that a bombing campaign is the only way to prevent
    Iran from acquiring a nuclear capability.”

    Regardless of any differences on Iran, Giuliani’s neocons are in line
    with his pro-Israel stance. As mayor of New York — home to the largest
    Jewish community in the United States — Giuliani became renowned in the
    1990s for his aggressive support of Israel and his mistrust of
    Palestinian leaders. In 1995, with the Oslo peace process underway,
    Giuliani kicked Yasir Arafat out of a concert for world leaders at
    Lincoln Center. Arafat “has never been held to answer for the murders he
    was implicated in,” the mayor said. On a trip to Israel in 2001,
    Giuliani told an Israeli audience: “We’re together with you. We are
    bound by blood.” Earlier this year, in an interview with Foreign Affairs
    magazine, Giuliani suggested that “too much emphasis” had been placed on
    promoting negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. He said “it
    is not in the interest of the United States, at a time when it is being
    threatened by Islamist terrorists, to assist in the creation of another
    state that will support terrorism.” One of his advisers, Pipes, has
    advocated “razing [Palestinian] villages from which attacks are launched.”>>

    Read this and the rest at:: http://www.newsweek.com/id/42460

    Also read:

    *”Neocon hawks go all-out for Giuliani”:*
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/2007/09/16/2007-09-16_neocon_hawks_go_allout_for_giuliani.html

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