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Behind the Crack-up of the Right

Jake Cutter Wrote: Jun 22, 2012 10:34 AM
Raise your hand if you believe we went into Iraq to make it "free and democratic"? That's what I thought.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Jun 22, 2012 10:39 AM
And amazingly, neocons and their supporters will, to this day, insist that Iraq was somehow behind 9-11, despite all evidence to the contrary. They will also insist that Saddam had stores of chemical weapons, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Leo Strauss, whom Buchanan cites in the article, was a believer in lying to advance the cause.
HermanBB Wrote: Jun 22, 2012 10:49 AM
To anonymous

*The vile Bush wanted to attack Iraq to show up his father for not taking out Hussein in the 1st Iraq War.

* The equally vile Israel-firsters wanted to attack an enemy of Israel.

That is why we went to war with Iraq.
CoachKr Wrote: Jun 22, 2012 10:53 AM
Iraqis are Muslims too--good enough for me to support the war. Stop all this Religion of Peace nonsense, declare them the enemy, and go total nuke. No more Muslim problem, which has been a major problem for this nation since I graduated high school and Iran took our emabassy hostage. Nukes. Stop. Muslim-problem.
RyanM Wrote: Jun 22, 2012 11:11 AM
While we're at it let's nuke Israel too. That solves the Yahoodi-Jihadi problem period.
True Conservative! Wrote: Jun 22, 2012 11:27 AM
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Are you STILL trying to peddle that baloney?
Georgia Boy 61 Wrote: Jun 23, 2012 12:15 AM
Paulus, I agree with your basic position, but you are utterly incorrect concerning Iraq's chemical weapons. Saddam had amassed a giant stockpile of artillery shells and bombs with chemical warheads, and other similar ordnance. Our troops found them in the months after the invasion, only the leftist media didn't report the story because it disagreed with their anti-Bush narrative. Remember, Saddam did something not even Hitler did - he used chemical weapons during wartime - i.e., in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s - as well as on his own people, when he gassed the Kurds.

In introducing his new book, "Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America," Paul Gottfried identifies a fundamental divide between neoconservatives and the traditional right. The divide is over the question: What is this nation, America?

Straussians, writes Gottfried, "wish to present the construction of government as an open-ended rationalist process. All children of the Enlightenment, once properly instructed, should be able to carry out this ... task."

For traditional conservatives, before the nation is born, "ethnic and cultural preconditions" must exist. All "successful constitutional orders," he writes, "are the expressions of already formed nations and cultures."