About: neo-neocon

Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.




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Obama on the Iran deal: Trust me, “it’s my name on this”

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Posted by    Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 10:00am 5/24/2015 at 10:00am
Iran Nuclear Talks

If you were looking for a monument to supreme egotism, you would have to go far to beat Obama’s statement in this interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg:

“Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this,”...

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Learning about apocalyptic jihad

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Posted by    Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 11:00am 5/17/2015 at 11:00am
ISIS video children boot camp

On the first weekend in May I attended a conference held in Boston entitled “GenerationCaliphate: Apocalyptic Hopes, Millennial Dreams and Global Jihad.”

The conference was organized by Richard Landes, millennial scholar, inventor of the term “Pallywood,” blogger at The Augean Stables, exposer of the suspect nature of the claims about al Durah’s...

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Who is defending Pam Geller’s liberty?

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Posted by    Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:15am 5/9/2015 at 10:15am
Pamela Geller

The Pamela Geller incident, and the reaction to it amongst pundits and the press, has demonstrated some disturbing yet important truths. Mainly, it has highlighted how many people are willing to offer what Salman Rushdie called (in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo murders) the “Yes, but…” defense of free...

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Germanwings copilot rehearsed on previous flight

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 11:15am 5/6/2015 at 11:15am
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Passengers appeared to have noticed nothing out of the ordinary, but Alps-crash copilot Andreas Lubitz had practiced his descent-programming skills on a previous flight.

He apparently waited until the pilot stepped out of the cabin, after which Lubitz set about his nefarious business:

Over the course of three or four minutes, Lubitz…designate[d] “100...

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The Clintons: on being above the law

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Posted by    Monday, April 27, 2015 at 10:00am 4/27/2015 at 10:00am
Clintons Estate Tax

Rand Paul said it just a couple of weeks ago, but a lot of people have thought it for a long time:

I think the thing is about the Clintons is that there’s a certain sense that they think they’re above the law.

There are some good reasons the Clin...

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Jeb Bush comes out for Loretta Lynch

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Posted by    Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:00am 4/18/2015 at 7:00am
Jeb Bush at NRA Annual Meeting

This could be added to the list of reasons some conservatives don’t want Jeb Bush as the Republican nominee in 2016.

But it’s a pretty big one, IMHO:

Jeb Bush says that the Senate should confirm the nomination of Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s choice for attorney general. A number of Senate Republicans...

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On shooting fleeing suspects

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Posted by    Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00am 4/11/2015 at 11:00am
Charlotte NC police shooting 4-4-15

The killing of Walter Scott by Officer MIchael Slager was caught on video, leaving no doubt that he was shot in the back while fleeing from a traffic stop. A commenter on my blog asked</...

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Obama’s long-held dream of nuclear disarmament

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:00am 4/8/2015 at 10:00am
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Remember this? It’s one of the few papers that Obama wrote while in college or law school that is still available, a 1983 article that appeared in the Columbia campus paper.

The article is mostly straight reportage and quotes about the Nuclear Freeze Movement, featuring organizations called “Arms Race Alternatives” (ARA) and...

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The Attack on Kenyan Christians

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Posted by    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 8:30am 4/3/2015 at 8:30am
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Religious wars continue:

Islamist gunmen burst into a Kenyan university before dawn Thursday, shooting students and taking hostages in a terror attack that left 70 dead, Kenyan officials said.

Two attackers were killed in the ongoing security operation, and one was arrested, authorities said….

Joel Ayora, who was on the campus and witnessed the...

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Things fall apart

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Posted by    Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 8:32pm 3/26/2015 at 8:32pm
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THE SECOND COMING

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The...

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Vote, or else

Obama Shotgun
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Posted by    Friday, March 20, 2015 at 1:00pm 3/20/2015 at 1:00pm
Obama Shotgun

It would be so very transformative, you know. Hope and change:

“If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country,” Obama said, calling it “potentially transformative.” Not only that, Obama said, but universal voting would “counteract money more than anything.”…

Obama said he thought it would be “fun”...

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ISIS loses some freedom of movement

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Posted by    Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:00pm 3/15/2015 at 1:00pm
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United States officials report that ISIS has lost 25% of the territory it once held. Although it would be good if that were true—and perhaps it is—the announcement sounded a bit hesitant:

…a U.S. assessment…determined that Kurdish fighters are responsible for the majority of the territory retaken from ISIS in...

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The press turns on Hillary

Hillary Clinton Email Scandal
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Posted by    Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 10:00am 3/12/2015 at 10:00am
Hillary Clinton Email Scandal

I had thought that the press would stand by Hillary Clinton in the same way they’ve stood by Obama—through thick and thin. After all, Obama has committed acts far worse than Hillary’s, has covered up more, and has been just as egregious in his lies. And yet I can’t...

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A question for Obama: what about the Rushdie fatwa?

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Posted by    Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10:00am 3/5/2015 at 10:00am
Iran_Rushdie_Fatwa

In a previous post at Legal Insurrection, I suggested that the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen and the Salman Rushdie fatwa issued in 1989 by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini of Ir...

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Revisiting Obama’s past

2014 Obama
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Posted by    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 1:00pm 3/1/2015 at 1:00pm
2014 Obama

Now that Giuliani has opened the door by questioning Obama’s love of country, perhaps the topic of Obama’s past connections to Communism, Ayers, Wright, and Alinsky could be reopened, heard, and understood by more of the public for what they might actually signify.

In 2008 those reports were widely dismissed...

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FCC votes 3-2 in favor of net neutrality

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Posted by    Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 5:30pm 2/26/2015 at 5:30pm
Net Neutrality

Is there anyone who is surprised that the FCC has voted in favor of net neutrality, and that the vote followed party lines? I doubt it. The general trend has been for greater and greater control by agencies in matters that may seem innocuous, technical, and/or unimportant at the time but...

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The pending Iran deal

Give Piece a chance Iran
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Posted by    Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8:30am 2/26/2015 at 8:30am
Give Piece a chance Iran

From the headline of this AP article, “Historic US-Iran nuclear deal could be taking shape,” the casual reader would be hard-pressed to tell whether the deal was good, bad, or indifferent for the US. The article goes on to offer the usual quotes alternating between those who laud the potential agreement and those who criticize it, and closes on a note of optimism about the talks and sympathy for Iran:

Daryl Kimball of the Washington-based Arms Control Association said that with the IAEA’s additional monitoring, the deal taking shape leaves “more than enough time to detect and disrupt any effort to pursue nuclear weapons in the future.”

In exchange, Iran wants relief from sanctions crippling its economy and the U.S. is talking about phasing in such measures.

Contrast that with this piece by David Horovitz in The Times of Israel. He observes that, although the Obama administration has been engaged in denying Israeli rumors of what might be in the agreement and accusing Israel of “misrepresenting the specifics for narrow political ends,” the pending agreement that the AP article describes not only contains many of the things Israel had been complaining about, but is even worse than was previously thought. According to Israel’s “most respected Middle East affairs analyst,” Ehud Ya’ari, the deal would be likely to have some catastrophic consequences:

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