August 12, 2006


Standing By Bush (Joshua Muravchik, August 13, 2006, washington Post)

The Post reported recently on Page One that "President Bush is facing a new and swiftly building backlash on the right over his handling of foreign affairs" ["Conservative Anger Grows Over Bush's Foreign Policy," July 19]. Judging by those quoted, the current backlash is centered among neoconservatives, until now Bush's most ardent foreign policy constituency.

A few weeks earlier, Richard Perle, one of the most respected neocons, had penned a scathing critique of Bush's Iran policy [Outlook, June 25]. I myself may have contributed to the overall impression of neocon disillusionment by decrying the administration's flaccid response to a wave of repression by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [op-ed, June 27].

But for neocons or any other conservatives to turn against George W. Bush would be a terrible mistake. Presidents invariably disappoint their strongest supporters.

Neocons, of course, opposed George Bush's presidential candidacy and his strongest supporters have been Evangelicals. It's impossible to overstate how insignificant the desertion by neocons is.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2006 5:32 PM

I can't believe they would jeopardize our safety for their petty snits and stay home from the polls, neither can I imagine they would vote for a Democrat.

Posted by: erp at August 12, 2006 5:59 PM

The revelation of the airport matter in Britain may sway the right to come out in droves to protect this nation from terrorists - and cut & run DemoRats even if they are dissatisfied with parts of the performance of the Republican Congress.

Posted by: obc at August 12, 2006 8:23 PM

Like the leftists, neocons believe that Bush is dumb. As soon as he does not follow their playbook, he will be excoriated. Another reason is neocons want to be accepted by the mainstream media, want to be interviewed by the major networks, keeping their mugs on TV is good for their self esteem and good for selling books. What easier way to get youself on TV but to criticize the person whom the MSM hate the most? Thus, neocons criticized Bush in the Katrina debacle, deliberately ignoring the fact that it wasn't the Fed's responsibility to evacuate the people. Now they criticize the cease fire ignoring the fact that Israel isn't making much progress. Israel may not be losing, but it is definitely not winning. Neocons want Hizbollahs disarmed, but with what? There is no way that the Israelis can win. The Hizbollahs are not the only ones who need to regroup.

Posted by: ic at August 13, 2006 12:03 AM