Sunday, November 30, 2008

Obama Does the Neocons Proud

Jeremy Scahill compiles the chorus of neocon and "right wing" praise rolling in for the emerging administration of Barack Obama.

I am sure my (self-described) liberal friends will find it all just as comforting as I do.

Liberal David Sirota also aptly points out that no one should be surprised, given that "Obama's 'grass-roots' movement revolves around him, not progressive issues."

As Sirota writes : "For better or worse, that leaves us relying more than ever on our Dear Leader's impulses. Sure, we should be thankful when Dear Leader's whims serve the people -- but also unsurprised when they don't."

"[T]he new administration is off to a good start."
--Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell.

"[S]uperb...the best of the Washington insiders...this will be a valedictocracy-- rule by those who graduate first in their high school classes."
--David Brooks, conservative New York Times columnist

"[V]irtually perfect..."
--Senator Joe Lieberman, former Democrat and John McCain's top surrogate in the 2008 campaign.

--Karl Rove, "Bush's brain."

"I am gobsmacked by these appointments, most of which could just as easily have come from a President McCain...this all but puts an end to the 16-month timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, the unconditional summits with dictators, and other foolishness that once emanated from the Obama campaign...[Hillary] Clinton and [James] Steinberg at State should be powerful voices for 'neo-liberalism' which is not so different in many respects from 'neo-conservativism.'"
--Max Boot, neoconservative activist, former McCain staffer.

"I see them as being sort of center-right of the Democratic party."
--James Baker, former Secretary of State and the man who led the theft of the 2000 election.

"[S]urprising continuity on foreign policy between President Bush's second term and the incoming administration....certainly nothing that represents a drastic change in how Washington does business. The expectation is that Obama is set to continue the course set by Bush..."
--Michael Goldfarb of the neoconservative Weekly Standard.

"I certainly applaud many of the appointments..."
--Senator John McCain

"So far, so good."
-- Senator Lamar Alexander, senior Republican Congressional leader.

Hillary Clinton will be "outstanding" as Secretary of State
--Henry Kissinger, war criminal.

Rahm Emanuel is "a wise choice" in the role of Chief of Staff
--Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, John McCain's best friend.

Obama's team shows "Our foreign policy is non-partisan."
--Ed Rollins, top Republican strategist and Mike Huckabee's 2008 campaign manager

"The country will be in good hands."
--Condoleezza Rice, George W Bush's Secretary of State


Zafo Jones said...

Read: Please don't send our heroes to prison!

Lots of chapped lips in DC, these days. The Neocons should have stayed Con...

Tyler Nixon said...

Obama already took war crimes and/or torture prosecutions off the table, as a prelude to his selling out his foreign policy to the neocons.

Some judgment we are seeing.

Brian Miller said...

What happened to hope and change?

Do we now hope for change?

Eric Dondero said...

It's not the foreign policy that's making the NeoCons happy with Obama, it's his economic welfare-statism, and his support for cracking down on civil liberties, like Nanny-state restrictions: Smoking bans, AG Holders's support for the Drug War, massive censorship through the Fairness Doctrine, affirmative action, ect...

Yes, I agree with you, on foreign policy he seems to be following along the lines of not confronting the rising Islamo-Fascist threat and implementing a libertarian foreign policy that will fight back against the Islamo-Fascists. But it's his domestic agenda that's even scarier.