Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Honesty From Neocons

Philip Weiss has unearthed an amazing neocon quote from more honest days.

The neocon is Irving Kristol. He wrote this in a American Jewish Congress publication in 1973:

Senator McGovern is very sincere when he says that he will try to cut the military budget by 30%. And this is to drive a knife in the heart of Israel... Jews don't like big military budgets. But it is now an interest of the Jews to have a large and powerful military establishment in the United States... American Jews who care about the survival of the state of Israel have to say, no, we don't want to cut the military budget, it is important to keep that military budget big, so that we can defend Israel

Mr. Weiss then contrasts this quote with a less explicit discussion from Bill Kristol some years later on the Iraq war. Bill Kristol is Irving Kristol's son.

The moral? It took 30 years for neoconservatives to get all the way inside, and as they did so they became less explicit about their agendas.

It is really worth reading.



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