After his speech, Lugar became a focus of neo-con
wrath, with Kristol describing his address as a "case study in pseudo-thoughtfulness, full of cheek-puffing and chin-pulling".
But, according to IPS, Ms Rise has been thwarted by Cheney and other senior officials, including Elliot Abrams, the neo-con
director of Middle East affairs in the National Security Council, in implementing it.
But the conventional interpretations of the elections have been knee-jerk and have simply echoed neo-con
claims that aren't easily sustained by the facts or by politics.
12 quoted Reuel Marc Gerecht, a prominent neo-con
who formerly served as a senior official at the CIA and now is at the neo-con
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, as saying: "People should not under-estimate just how strongly the president feels in support of Israel and in his anger towards Iran and Syria [because of their sponsorship of Hizbullah]".
Instead, in Donnelly's scenario, a nuclear capability would incline those outside the neo-con
priesthood to negotiate a 'detente' with Iran, which would bring the plan for the extension of US political-military dominance in the Middle East to a halt".
Just before New Year's Day, Chalabi, who was appointed Deputy Prime Minister largely on the strength of his neo-con
connections, was chosen as a "temporary" replacement for Iraq's outgoing oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum.
Kevin Hassett, head of economic policy studies at the neo-con
American Enterprise Institute, writes in an opinion piece for Bloomberg News that public pessimism about Iraq is having another effect - "depressing optimism about the positive news" on the US economy.
Richard Perle, was a key neo-con
behind plans to invade Iraq.
One group--the neo-con
subset associated with Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and William Kristol--wants to remake the Middle East, starting with Iraq.
The history of Haiti is a history of horrible brutality" intoned neo-con
windbag Michael Barone of U.
He wrote: "With his Manichean, black and white view of the world, Mr Blair was in his way more neo-con
than the neo-cons
, more evangelical than the American Christian right.
Against this background, the efforts of Stuart Levey, the neo-con
undersecretary of the US Treasury, to undermine Iran's economy seem laughable.
Several prominent neo-con
columnists have recently written about the need for Israel to take the current conflict beyond Lebanon to include the countries they consider to be Hizbullah's main backers - Iran and Syria.
Francis Fukuyama, author of a new book highly critical of Bush's handling of Iraq, writes: "By invading Iraq, the Bush administration created a self-fulfilling prophecy: Iraq has now replaced Afghanistan as a magnet, a training ground and an operational basis for jihadists, with plenty of American targets to shoot at".
Without any relevant skills, background, or experience beyond his neo-con
credentials, Mobbs was tapped by Bremer to head civil administration in occupied Iraq.