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Pat Buchanan vs. the Neocons

August 23, 2004 12:42 PM

Drudge previews Pat Buchanan's new book 'Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted The Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency":


There is no conservative party left in Washington. (pg. 9)

The Beltway Right has entered into a civil union with Big Brother. (pg. 176)

[A] civil war is going to break out inside the Republican Party along the old trench lines of the Goldwater-Rockefeller wars of the 1960s, a war for the heart and soul and future of the party for the new century. (pg. 234)

It's no surprise that Buchanan is pissed; he pretty much personifies isolationism. But it's nice to see the impending civil war take shape. Onto the "War on Terror":


"America’s enemy in the Islamic world is not a state we can crush with sanctions or an enemy we can defeat with force of arms. The enemy is a cause, a movement, an idea." (pg. 87)

"U.S. dominance of the Middle East is not the corrective to terror. It is a cause of terror. ... Terrorism is the price of empire. If we do not wish to pay it, we must give up the empire." (pg. 236)

Both liberals and conservatives latch onto the same concept of "oligarchy" yet attribute it to different things. Liberals blame corporations and conservatives blame judges: "How did it happen that a republic born of a rebellion against a king and parliament we did not elect has fallen under a tyranny of judges we did not elect? How did we come to live under what Jefferson warned us would be ‘the despotism of an oligarchy’?" (pg. 217)

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Read the 5 comments.

sara:

oooh yes... an impending civil war within the party... I'll take it!

Mon Aug 23 2004 7:05 PM


Ben:

impending civil war within party? I'd be more concerned about country.

Mon Aug 23 2004 8:26 PM


dhermesc:

Buchanan is what puts conservatism into the Republican party. Currently he is in "the wilderness" in reaction to his third part canindacy in 2000. The fact his voice is heard is a reflection of the inclusiveness of the Republic party. Unlike the Democrat party who will throw out anyone who doesn't toe the party line and bray with the rest of the donkeys exhibit A. Zell Miller.

Tue Aug 24 2004 9:43 AM


purphekt:

Refreshing to hear someone from the right speaking with reason. Perhaps I've been isolated due to my views of of contrary with the right, but still it's refreshing to hear not all conservatives have bought the Neocon party line.

Fri Sep 3 2004 11:05 PM


John Smart:

Pat Buchanon on the Russert Show indicates that he knows our big problem is a foreign policy which is holding down Islamist purist who know they are not sharing properity with their Islamic governors whom we are favoring.
John Smart

Mon Feb 14 2005 11:57 AM


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