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Bolton’s Listening Post
By Tom Barry
As Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, John Bolton didn’tlike what he heard from
Gov. Bill Richardson, who served as UN ambassador during the
Despite rising pressure from Senate Democrats and the media,the administration has refused to release any more information. Administrationstonewalling raised speculation that any disclosure of the actual numberof requests and the names involved—possibly including Richardson—may furthertarnish Bolton’s reputation, and sink the nomination.
In the view of Bolton and the leading voices calling for aU.S. policy of “regime change” in North Korea, such as the American EnterpriseInstitute and the Project for the New American Century—two neoconservativeinstitutes where Bolton formerly had leadership positions—diplomacy anddialogue only give Kim Jong Il more time to build his nuclear arsenal.
Before theyprecipitate more unnecessary wars, it’s time that ideologues like
Surely, apolicy of “constructive engagement” that encourages North Korean diplomats tocome to
Fortunately,senators of both parties are no longer listening passively to the hypedintelligence assessments provided by
But thatmay be asking too much. Former Senator Jesse Helms once called
*Bad Neighbor of the Week*
In the field of world policy I would dedicate this nationto the policy of the good neighbor -the neighbor who resolutely respectshimself and, because he does so, respects the right of others
–President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933
Inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vision of international relations guided by"mutual respect" and cooperation, the IRC’s Global Good NeighborInitiative is initiating a process of reclaiming this legacy bypromoting dialogue and action aimed at forging a new animating vision forforeign policy in our time.
Each week Right Web News will profile an organization orindividual that embodies the Bad Neighbor policy of the
Nuclear Enthusiast as TopNational Security Official
J.D. Crouch, a virulent nationalist, enthusiast of nuclearweapons, and Christian right adherent, has recently become the right-hand manof National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. A protégé of Paul Wolfowitz andRichard Cheney, Crouch has ties with such militarist organizations as theCenter for Security Policy and the National Institute for Public Policy, aswell as having close connections with social conservatives through such groupsas the
Typical of his extreme views, Crouch blamed the Columbine High massacre on"30 years of liberal social policy that has put our children in day care,taken God out of the schools, taken Mom out of the house, and banished Dad asan authority figure from the family altogether."
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SMS—Liberal Arts It’s Not
Few schools put the lie to the conservative myth that academia iscontrolled by liberals and leftists as well as Southwest Missouri StateUniversity (SMS), particularly its Department of Defense and StrategicStudies. Located in
Faculty members include:
A brief perusal of the department’s web site suffices to geta sense of its agenda. When you click over from the department’shomepage—appropriately adorned with a large photo of a rippling Americanflag—to its “Program Information” page, you are confronted with a landscapeshot of the
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Re: Eugene Rostow
Quite excellent work you are doing. But while you haveforgotten a key figure in the making of an interventionist, neocon foreignpolicy: Eugene Rostow (co founder of the reincarnation of the committee on thepresent danger in 1976.)
– Salim Kerboua
Re: Grover Norquist
A few months ago I wrote you asking why Grover Norquist wasnot on your right web list. Your answer that he was not a neo-con sent me on aninvestigation of just what a neo-con is. After much reading, I’ve come to a muchbetter understand of not only what a neo-con is, but also of the unholytripartate that call themselves republicans today. I’ve come to se that thethree legs of alliance each have their own objectives, but at least pay lipservice to the other two. We have the religious right wanting to regulatepersonal behavior, the libertarians (such as my old friend Grover) wanting toreduce and eventually strangle the federal government, and the neo-cons want toextend American hegomony around the world. This is an interesting coalition,one that I feel will eventually fall victim to internal conflict. Thank you foropening my mind. Prior to this, I grouped every right wing-nut as a neo-con.
– John Dadmun
Re: Wolfowitz onTop of theWorld(
And by the way, the WB together with theIMF are despicable loan-shark organizations thatprey like blood-sucking leeches on the world’snon-European peoples. The WB is not about "alleviatingpoverty"; rather it is a vile institutionset up by the West to harbourindividuals in disgusting sinecures where big-gutted,pink-faced men get together regularly tochomp on the best beef, suck onthe best French vins.
What exactly has the WBdone beyond keeping African and LatinAmerican nations in line at thebehest of Western neo-colonial hegemony? So whatelse is new? Both institutions shouldbe just shut down and the itsidle functionaries sent packing. As long asthe Euro-American world decides who headsthese institutions and as long as there isa huge disparity in currency values andconvertibilities the WB and IMF wouldremain not much more than loan-sharkingagencies feeding on mesmerised victims.
Re: Bob Park
Suggest you add Bob Park, Chairman of ProEnglish andArizonans for Official English
– Tom Tracy
Re: John R. Bolton (
Highly useful and illuminating. You’ve pulled it alltogether here. Bush and Rice’s patronage of this vile individual sayseverything we need to know about what they stand for.
– Robert P. Forbes
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