November 17, 2004


Hawks flying high with Rice posting: President George W Bush's nomination of Condoleezza Rice to replace Secretary of State Colin Powell consolidates the control by the coalition of hawks, led by Vice President Dick Cheney, over US foreign policy. Rid of Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage, the hawks are poised for a clean sweep. (Jim Lobe, 11/18/04, Asia Times)

Growing speculation that another Cheney ally, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton, will be nominated to serve as deputy secretary of state under Rice is adding to the impression that the hawks are on the verge of a clean sweep.

As expected, the State Department's current No 2, Richard Armitage, announced his resignation on Tuesday, thus opening another key slot in the foreign-policy bureaucracy and one on which Bolton and his neo-conservative and ultra-unilateralist backers have had their eyes for months.

"This is a statement that Bush sees that what he's done in his first term is the way he wants to go into the second term, if not a bit more so," said Jonathan Clarke, a former British analyst based at the libertarian Cato Institute and co-author of America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order.

"It's a way of saying, 'If you liked what you saw in the first administration, you're going to love the second one,'" he said in an interview.

After months of essays about how the neocons were out of favor Mr. Lobe has deftly turned on a dime without once mentioning how badly he misjudged things.

The Neocons Last Gasp? Not So Fast (Jacob Heilbrunn, November 17, 2004, LA Times)

For months, critics of the administration have been crowing that if President Bush won reelection, he would dump the neoconservatives and replace them with cautious, realist foreign policy thinkers.

Writing in the Financial Times, James Mann, a former Los Angeles Times reporter and author of a book about the Bush administration, dismissed neocon doctrine as a "spent force" and said that the foreign policy realism of big shots such as Henry Kissinger is "again ascendant."

The editor of Foreign Policy magazine, Moises Naim, scoffed that neoconservative ideas "lie buried in the sands of Iraq." On the right, Patrick J. Buchanan gloated that the "salad days" of the neocons were over.

There is only one problem with the critics' scenario: The opposite of what they predicted is actually occurring.

The neos are mere servants of the theo.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 17, 2004 12:23 PM

You would think that a newspaper like the Asia Times, published for a market where accurate information about America is essential to continued economic prosperity, would have sent Mr. Lobe packing a long time ago.

He's Georgia Anne Geyer clueless, Charley Reese clueless, Pat Buchanan clueless. He's an embarassment.

Posted by: Bart at November 17, 2004 12:36 PM

And the paleos are now a Democrat's best friends. Reactionaries of all countries, unite !

Posted by: Peter at November 17, 2004 2:22 PM

It seems that the only people in the country who believe that Bush won the election are Bush and OJ.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 17, 2004 3:32 PM

After months of essays about how the neocons were out of favor Mr. Lobe has deftly turned on a dime without once mentioning how badly he misjudged things.

hateweek posters sabotaged by traitors thoughtcriminals eastasian spies!

oceania has never been at war with eurasia!
oceania has always been at peace with eurasia!
oceania has always been at war with eastasia!

Posted by: Ken at November 17, 2004 8:54 PM