6/20/2014, "Being a Neocon Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry," Foreign Policy, Stephen M. Walt
"The neoconservative-liberal alliance in effect re-legitimates the
neoconservative world view, and makes their continued enthusiasm for U.S.-led wars look "normal.""
9/7/2015, "How Neocons Destabilized Europe" by Robert Parry, consortiumnews.com
refugee chaos that is now pushing deep into Europe...started with the cavalier ambitions of American
neocons and their liberal-interventionist sidekicks who planned to
remake the Middle East and other parts of the world through “regime
Instead of the promised wonders of “democracy promotion”
and “human rights,” what these “anti-realists” have accomplished is to
spread death, destruction and destabilization across the Middle East
and parts of Africa and now into Ukraine and the heart of Europe. Yet,
since these neocon forces still control the Official Narrative,
their explanations get top billing – such as that there hasn’t been
enough “regime change.”"...
2016 US presidential election
10/25/16, "How the Elites Blew Up the World," Laura Ingraham, Lifezette.com
"Those who squandered America's economic and strategic advantage are trying to distract from their record."
"The truth is that the “world order” in question exists only in the
minds of those pundits who aren’t paying attention to life on this
The entire concept of a continuous, stable, and peaceful “world
order” that goes back to 1945 would come as a shock to the many
Americans who lost friends and loved ones on battlefields in Korea,
Vietnam, and countless other places during that period.
The reality of
the situation is that between 1945 and 1990, the United States faced
very severe challenges-not only to any type of “world order,” but to
its very freedom. Some presidents-like Reagan and Eisenhower-dealt
with those challenges successfully, helping Americans to enjoy brief
periods of peace and prosperity. Others-like Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy
Carter-failed to meet the foreign policy challenges of their time, and
left a more dangerous world to their successors. The whole notion that
the world simply ran on autopilot, and that U.S. policymakers had few
critical decisions to make, is simply wrong.
After America’s triumph in the Cold War, however, the difficulties of
that struggle were quickly forgotten in Washington and the capitals of
Europe. Instead, Western leaders congratulated themselves on the notion
that they had reached “the end of history,” and that liberal capitalism
would reign supreme in perpetuity-a conclusion directly contradicted
by centuries of real-world experience. Armed with this false premise,
U.S. foreign policymakers on both sides of the aisle made a series of
*They believed that the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA) would promote better relations in North America, and reduce
concerns over illegal immigration. They were wrong. Instead, illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States surged, while relations
between all three NAFTA countries have generally deteriorated. By 2008,
even Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were calling for NAFTA to be
re-negotiated-but of course, that was just another empty promise.
*They believed that the World Trade Organization (WTO) would serve as a
bastion of support for market economies, and would encourage countries
like Japan to give up their mercantilist practices. They were wrong.
Instead, the United States has become the main target of the WTO's
dispute settlement system, as our trading partners regularly treat us as
a punching bag, winning disputes and forcing us to change our laws to
better suit their preferences. This year, the globalists in the Obama
administration blocked an appointment to the WTO's Appellate Body —
because even they are tired of losing so many cases there.
*They believed that facilitating the rise of China — by giving the
Chinese practically unlimited access to Western markets and technology —
would lead to a freer and safer world. They were wrong. The relentless
dictators in China are using their newfound wealth to consolidate their
power, both inside China and around the world. If current trends
continue, we will soon be driven from Asia, and a Communist dictatorship
will replace the United States as the world's largest economy.
*They believed that a weakened Russia could do little to challenge
the West. They were wrong. Vladimir Putin's government, despite an
economy smaller than that of Canada, has tied Western policymakers in
knots — making them look feckless and weak, and undermining NATO.
*They believed that spreading democracy in the Middle East would lead
to more stable and peaceful governments in that part of the world. They
were wrong. The disastrous wars and other mistakes of the last 15 years
have created a Middle East that appears to be more violent and
dangerous than ever. Furthermore, the Middle East is now flooding the
West with refugees and terrorists, who are creating huge political
problems in the United States and Western Europe.
*They believed that cramming most of the historic nations of Europe
into a single union with a shared currency would lead to peace and
prosperity. They were wrong. Europe's economy has been staggering for
years, and the voters of the United Kingdom grew so disgusted with the
European Union that they voted to leave it altogether — another
development our elites failed to anticipate.
*They believed that Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, was a
force of calm and stability within the Western alliance. They were
wrong. She has proven to be an unyielding fanatic whose absolute refusal
to change course-no matter how bad that course may be-has not only
damaged the economies of southern Europe, and driven Britain from the
E.U., but has destabilized Germany itself by opening that country to a
surge of Middle Eastern refugees for which the German people, and their
government, were not ready.
*They believed that giving away our manufacturing base and welcoming
illegal immigrants from around the world would lead to a happier and
more prosperous America. They were wrong. The U.S. economy has performed
so poorly that experts like Larry Summers now suggest we have entered a
period of permanent "secular stagnation." Meanwhile, U.S. politics are
riven by the utter mistrust that many voters feel for the elites who
govern them — and by the contempt many of those elites feel for those
*They believed that as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton-a donor controlled hack-who may be the least persuasive person ever to
hold high public office in this country — could help resolve the
significant foreign policy problems that were already becoming obvious
by 2009. Instead, she failed at that job, and the world is now less
stable and more dangerous than when she went to Foggy Bottom.
*I could go on, but surely these examples are more than sufficient to
prove that our leaders have committed blunder after blunder since the
end of the Cold War. History is not kind to fools, and the United States
is paying an enormous price for throwing away the strategic advantages
it enjoyed after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Consider the
*Last year, for the 16th year in a row, real median household incomes in
the United States were lower than they were in 1999. Middle-aged
Americans have now lost most of their careers to an era in which the
standard of living for the typical household has fallen.
*In 1999, the year before Congress agreed to let China join the WTO,
the United States accounted for 25.78 percent of world GDP. By 2014 (the
last year for which data is publicly available), that figure was down
to 22.43 percent — the lowest it has been in government records going
back to 1969, according to the Economic Research Service of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
*In 1999, China's annual GDP was $1.094 trillion. Last year (2015), it was more than $11 trillion.
*In 1999, the U.S. national debt was $5.7 trillion. Last year (2015), it was $18.1 trillion.
In short, by almost any measure, the United States is weaker than it
was during the afterglow of the Cold War — while China, our chief
geopolitical adversary, has gotten much stronger. This decline was not
inevitable — certainly no major U.S. policymakers predicted it. Instead,
it is the result of a series of foolish mistakes that have consistently
undermined our position while making life easier for our enemies.
At this point, it should be obvious that the "world order" for which
our elites pine has gone the way of the flip phone and other artifacts
from the 1990s. For most Americans, the global economy has become a
nightmare from which they are trying to escape. But like the generals in
World War I who kept sending larger and larger numbers of men to die in
hopeless battles, our elites believe that we need more of the same
satisfied by a series of trade agreements that have failed to work as
advertised, they now promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
satisfied by an immigration policy that has roiled U.S. and European
politics for most of the last two decades, they scheme to bring more
illegal immigrants into the West.
Not satisfied by the losses we have
already suffered in the Middle East, they dream of sending new armies to
die in that war-torn region.
No wonder they are uniting behind Hillary
Clinton — the author and supporter of so many of these disastrous
Let us be clear: If Hillary Clinton is elected president, all of the
problems we see around the world today will continue to fester — because
she will continue the same policies that got us here. Four years from
now, if she is president,
the United States will be weaker,
Russia will be more dangerous,
terrorists will be more
the Middle East will be more unstable, and
Europe will be worse than they are now.
We already know that our current
policies lead to these results.
Why would we want to let things worsen
for four more years?
The time has come to strike out on a different path. When you look
past all the elite blather about Trump's "temperament" and "tone,"
thing becomes obvious:
On the big foreign policy issues facing America,
Trump is right, and the elites are wrong.
It is insane — and dangerous —
to keep propping up a global trading regime that treats Chinese companies better than American companies
It is insane — and dangerous —
to keep wasting the U.S. military on missions that cannot succeed.
is insane — and dangerous — to continue trying to maintain a position in
the world that we can no longer afford.
It is insane — and dangerous —
to tear down all borders and effectively dissolve the nations of the
Most of all, it is insane to install, as president of the United
States, a vapid and untrustworthy politician who has consistently been
wrong on every major foreign policy issue of the last 20 years.
Hillary Clinton may win this election. But Trump and his supporters
will ultimately win the argument over foreign policy — because his
policies at least have a chance of making the world better, while hers
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Hillary and her neocon donors dream of sending more Americans to die in endless wars in the Middle East and Africa (including placing US military in so-called 'training' and 'advisory' roles in dangerous and hopeless hell holes). Hillary has promoted every major foreign policy issue harmful to Americans in last 20 years. Donald Trump is clearly correct on major foreign policy issues facing America. His policies also have a chance of making the world better. Hillary's can't possibly. Everything Hillary and globalists have achieved and strive for has proven harmful for the US and the world-Laura Ingraham
Posted by susan at 1:51 AM