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




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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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All the President’s Spokesmen (and women)

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Posted by    Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 5:00pm 2/21/2015 at 5:00pm
Marie Harf ISIS Chris Matthews We can't kill our way out of this war

Obama spokespeople Marie Harf and Jen Psaki have come in for a certain amount of ridicule lately, as well as Josh Earnest and Jay Carney before him. But I admit to a sneaking sort of awe of what they do, although it’s not a good sort of awe.

People are fond...

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The roots of the Copenhagen attack

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Posted by    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 1:30pm 2/16/2015 at 1:30pm
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So now we know the identity of Copenhagen shooter Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, whose crime has mirrored the recent terrorist attacks in Paris but with a smaller death total and a single perpetrator. More details will no doubt emerge, but already it seems fairly clear what’s going on here: a...

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A New Amnesty Loophole

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Posted by    Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:00pm 2/15/2015 at 2:00pm
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Is there anyone on Earth who is surprised at this news?

President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, st...

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Obama poised to veto Keystone

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Posted by    Monday, February 9, 2015 at 6:00pm 2/9/2015 at 6:00pm
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Obama is getting ready to shoot down the Keystone pipeline bill in the first of what promises to be a blizzard of vetoes of legislation the current Congress is planning to pass.

Never mind that...

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The method to Obama’s foreign policy madness

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:28pm 2/4/2015 at 8:28pm
Iran Negotiations

Ever wonder whether Obama’s policy towards Iran represents something coherent, or just naive incompetence? Here’s an excellent article by Michael Doran in Mosaic that fleshes out the details of a theory about Obama’s approach to Iran. It doesn’t take the most extreme stance of all—which would be the “Obama...

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Now that Romney’s out

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Posted by    Friday, January 30, 2015 at 1:30pm 1/30/2015 at 1:30pm
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Now that Romney has released a statement to his supporters announcing that he won’t be running in 2016, the next question is, to whom will he throw his support and his proven ability to raise money?

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Measles and the anti-vaccination movement

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:55pm 1/27/2015 at 6:55pm
LI #02 Measles

It is ironic that the success of modern vaccination programs against ancient scourges such as measles has been part of the reason parents today are so ignorant about what these diseases can do. A recent outbreak in California has demonstrated the effects of this lack of knowledge:

Researchers have found that...

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Tolerating intolerance

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Posted by    Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:00am 1/23/2015 at 7:00am
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It’s long been apparent that the West faces a special dilemma, which is expressed very well in the following passage by Roger Kimball (and “liberal” and “liberalism” in the following doesn’t just mean “liberals” as in “progressives,” but also “liberals” as in “classical liberals”):

Liberal regimes have always suffered from this paralyzing antinomy: Liberalism implies openness to other points of view, even those points of view whose success would destroy liberalism. Tolerance to those points of view is a prescription for suicide. Intolerance betrays the fundamental premise of liberalism, i.e. openness.

Of course (may I say “of course”?), there is a sense in which the antinomy is illusory, since any robust liberalism, i.e., a liberalism buttressed by a core of conservative backbone, understands that tolerance, if it is to flourish, cannot be synonymous with capitulation to ideas that would exploit tolerance only to destroy it. The “openness” that liberal society rightly cherishes is not a vacuous openness to all points of view: it is not “value neutral.” It need not, indeed it cannot, say Yes to all comers.

And yet that basic instinct for practical self-preservation, that paradoxical prohibition necessary for the general openness, is often ignored today. “Democracy is not a suicide pact”—at least, it shouldn’t be.

The origin of that last phrase lies in several statements by historic Americans, but the most specific one was by Supreme Court Justice Associate Justice Robert Jackson in 1949, in a dissent to the decision in the freedom of speech case known as Terminiello:

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Boehner’s revenge?

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Posted by    Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:00pm 1/22/2015 at 12:00pm
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Remember all those articles about Boehner planning to take revenge on Republicans who had opposed his Speakership? Remember how he was going to take away their committee positions as punishment? And remember how angry a great many people on the right got about it?

I wrote

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