Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency

November 30, 2013 - Comment

American Empire is at its apex. We are the sole superpower with no potential challenger for a generation. We can reach any point on the globe with our cruise missiles and smart bombs and our culture penetrates every nook and cranny of the global village. Yet we are now the most hated country on earth,

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American Empire is at its apex. We are the sole superpower with no potential challenger for a generation. We can reach any point on the globe with our cruise missiles and smart bombs and our culture penetrates every nook and cranny of the global village. Yet we are now the most hated country on earth, buried beneath a mountain of debt and morally bankrupt.

Where the Right Went Wrong chronicles how the Bush administration and Beltway conservatives have abandoned their principles, and how a tiny cabal hijacked U. S. foreign policy, and may have ignited a “war of civilizations” with the Islamic world that will leave America’s military mired down in Middle East wars for years to come.

At the same time, these Republicans have sacrificed the American worker on the altar of free trade and discarded the beliefs of Taft, Goldwater and Reagan to become a party of Big Government that sells its soul to the highest bidder.

A damning portrait of the present masters of the GOP, Where the Right Went Wrong calls to task the Bush administration for its abandonment of true conservatism including:

– The neo-conservative cabal-liberal wolves in conservative suits.
– Why the Iraq War has widened and imperiled the War on Terror.
– How current trade policy outsources American sovereignty, independence and industrial power.
Although the George W. Bush administration is famous for being “on message,” delivering a consistent and polished political perspective no matter what, such consistency apparently does not extend to every member of the conservative universe. In Where the Right Went Wrong, veteran pundit and occasional presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan offers up scathing criticisms of Bush’s policies, the arrogance and boorishness of which, he warns, could ultimately dramatically destabilize the United States’ superpower status. The problem, in Buchanan’s eyes, is the rejection of traditional Reagan-era conservatism by an administration under the sway of the so-called “neoconservatives,” who favor a pre-emptive military strategy and big government and don’t mind running up dangerously huge budget deficits to support it. The war in Iraq, fought without direct demonstrable threat, alienates America in the eyes of the rest of the world, says Buchanan, squandering the global goodwill earned after the 9/11 attacks and creating exponentially larger numbers of terrorists who will threaten the U.S. for generations to come. The zeal over free trade among elected officials, a feeling notably not shared by Buchanan, Ross Perot, and Ralph Nader, is costing America jobs, Buchanan theorizes, and leading to a de-industrialized service-sector-only economy, an end to American self-sufficiency in favor of a reliance on global corporations, and a looming economic crisis. Refreshingly, and unlike pundits of his day, Buchanan crafts his arguments by examining world history, offering detailed analogies to the Roman Empire, the Civil War, and pre-Soviet Russia among others. Conservatives alienated by the Bush administration will find an eloquent champion in Buchanan and even liberals, who may not have known there was a conservative argument against war in Iraq, stand to learn something from a right side of the aisle perspective so different from that found in the Bush White House. –John Moe

Comments

Autonomeus says:

Buchanan talks sense on foreign policy Pat Buchanan takes aim at Bush/Cheney and the neoconservatives, and he has them dead to rights. The so-called “preemptive doctrine” is really PREVENTIVE — Iraq did not pose an imminent threat, so the invasion and occupation was aggressive, not defensive. It could only be justified as action to prevent a threat sometime in the future — the “Minority Report” doctrine. This is obviously an incredibly dangerous doctrine which can just as easily be used by anyone who wants to attack the U.S. The open-ended counterinsurgency war has made the U.S. LESS secure, not more secure. Buchanan draws on the policy of the Founding Fathers of avoiding entangling alliances to bolster his opposition. He makes the same point as “Anonymous” (“Imperial Hubris”) in saying that it is childish for Bush to say the Islamic radicals “hate our freedom” — obviously they hate our policies of supporting corrupt oil regimes, blindly backing Israel, and stationing troops on sacred Saudi soil, among…

Reviewer says:

Scathing Critique of Neocons, and other Unpleasant truths.. Why did Osma attack? “He hates our freedoms” was the laughable explanation. For those of you who want a REAL reasons Pat Buchanan, offers it. Along with a convincing arguement that we are playing into Bin Laden’s hands.What’s even more shocking is that are ‘neoconservitives” are just as radical as Bin Laden. Buchanan doesn’t need to name call, he simply quotes neocons like Michael “creative destruction” Leedon -and reveals their radical agenda.The idea that you can bring freedom at gunpoint is not only unworkable, but far from conservtive – it is a notion that has more in common with Trotsky and the Sans coultte than Edmund Burke.Buchanan’s book offers a strong arguement that not only are we not winning this ‘war’ but we are actually strenthening our enemies and ignoring our real problems.Buchanan predictions have repeatedly been confirmed….his book is a closest thing we have to a crystal ball on these matters.

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Have The Neo-Cons Led Us Into A Permanent Decline? The author delves deeply into the negative changes in both the USA & the Republican party brought about by the neo-cons. He spends the first third of the book ridiculing the present Bush administration willing attitude toward waging war to spread democracy. With the bulk focusing on the Iraq war. He shows how Richard Pearle & Paul Wolfiwitz convinced president G.Bush to adopt interventionist policies. In ch-3, he gives some historical background on Islam. from their early conflicts with the west to the present. In ch-4, he speaks of the vagueness of the term “war on terror.” He feels it is an eternal war that can’t truly be won. Chapter-5 was the most fascinating to this reader as he compares the USA’s economic & military power to that of China’s. In ch-6-8, he bashes the abysmal economic policies of the neo-cons. From out of control government spending, the huge deficits, the outsourcing of our manufacturing base, & the de-valuing of the dollar. If something is not done…

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