MEMBERS ONLY: The US Broke Iraq and Now it Can't Fix it
What happens when you invade the wrong country for the wrong reasons, fail to stop a civil war by refusing to rebuild it properly, then start bombing neighboring countries? If your answer is: "A complete and utter nightmare," you'd be right. After the US invaded Afghanistan ...read more
Chechen Terrorists and the Neocons
By Coleen Rowley I almost choked on my coffee listening to neoconservative Rudy Giuliani pompously claim on national TV that he was surprised about any Chechens being responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings because he’s never seen any indication that Chechen extremists ...read more
Rand Paul’s Tepid Critique of Neocons
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky. By Paul R. Pillar The foreign policy speech that Sen. Rand Paul gave at the Heritage Foundation last week has received significant attention, and appropriately so. Robert Merry’s mostly sympathetic treatment describes the speech as “seminal.” The ...read more
Neocons Guided Petraeus on Afghan War
Gen. David Petraeus posing before the U.S. Capitol with Kimberly Kagan, founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War. (Photo credit: ISW’s 2011 Annual Report) By Robert Parry: Even after the Iraq War disaster and Barack Obama’s election in 2008, ...read more
The Neocons’ Waterloo
Neoconservative pundit William Kristol. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore) By Robert Parry: The decisive defeat of Mitt Romney in the presidential race and the forced resignation of ex-Gen. David Petraeus as CIA director have marginalized America’s neoconservatives more than at any ...read more
‘Moderate Mitt’: Neocon Trojan Horse
By Robert Parry: Mitt Romney’s peculiar sense of geography – thinking Iran was some landlocked country that needed Syria as a “route to the sea” – may have raised some eyebrows over Romney’s lack of basic knowledge, but another part of the same answer, referring to the civil war ...read more
Pay No Attention to the Neocons Behind 'Peacenik Mitt'
By Bob Cesca: Anyone who believed Mitt Romney's shape-shifting performance as "Peacenik Mitt" on Monday night is an amnesic, naive doofus. As we all know by now, Romney will do and say whatever is necessary to make it through the day. This is his strategy. By now, the ...read more
The Neocons’ Waiting Game
By Paul R. Pillar: Many realities of foreign policy do not lend themselves to clear, coherent positions in an election campaign. The reasons for this go beyond the fact that in most election years far more votes are to be won or lost on domestic issues than foreign ones, even ...read more
Mitt Romney Lies to the World
By Robert Parry: While it’s true that all politicians play games with the facts, it is actually rare for a politician to be an inveterate liar. But Mitt Romney is one of that rare breed on matters both big and small. And with some polls showing his surge toward victory on Nov. ...read more
Would Neocons Control Romney?
By Paul R. Pillar: It has become almost a truism that foreign policy will not be a major determinant of the outcome of this year’s presidential election. Foreign policy has played a tiny role in the Republican campaign. Because it takes two to tangle on any campaign issue, ...read more
Daily Banter Mail Bag!! The Firebagger Vote, Paul Ryan's Abs, and Neo-Con Civil War!!
Welcome to this week's edition of The Daily Banter Mailbag! Today, Bob, Ben and Chez discuss the impact of far-left anti-Obama voters on the president's chances in November; the potential of a Romney electoral bump from Paul Ryan's P90X good looks; and the threats of violent ...read more