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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:04 AM
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Neo – CONNED ! - Speech on the House Floor - July 10, 2003
In addition to the PNAC thread and the Paul Craig Roberts thread the Neo-conned speech by Ron Paul is an interesting read. While I do not agree with all of his policies, he laid out the rise of the neocons in this 50 minute speech.

Other current threads...

"The Neoconned Republican Party Is The Greatest Threat America Has Ever Faced"
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


PNAC Signatories - Lest We Forget
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


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Neo – CONNED !

http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2003/cr071003....

"...Since the change of the political party in charge has not made a difference, who’s really in charge? If the particular party in power makes little difference, whose policy is it that permits expanded government programs, increased spending, huge deficits, nation building and the pervasive invasion of our privacy, with fewer Fourth Amendment protections than ever before?

...Since the national debt is increasing at a rate greater than a half-trillion dollars per year, the debt limit was recently increased by an astounding $984 billion dollars. Total U.S. government obligations are $43 trillion, while the total net worth of U.S. households is about $40.6 trillion. The country is broke, but no one in Washington seems to notice or care. The philosophic and political commitment for both guns and butter—and especially the expanding American empire—must be challenged. This is crucial for our survival.

...How did all this transpire? Why did the government do it? Why haven’t the people objected? How long will it go on before something is done? Does anyone care?

...In addition to publications, multiple think tanks and projects were created to promote their agenda. A product of the Bradley Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) led the neocon charge, but the real push for war came from the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) another organization helped by the Bradley Foundation. This occurred in 1998 and was chaired by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol. They urged early on for war against Iraq, but were disappointed with the Clinton administration, which never followed through with its periodic bombings. Obviously, these bombings were motivated more by Clinton’s personal and political problems than a belief in the neocon agenda.

...Let there be no doubt, those in the neocon camp had been anxious to go to war against Iraq for a decade. They justified the use of force to accomplish their goals, even if it required preemptive war. If anyone doubts this assertion, they need only to read of their strategy in “A Clean Break: a New Strategy for Securing the Realm.” Although they felt morally justified in changing the government in Iraq, they knew that public support was important, and justification had to be given to pursue the war. Of course, a threat to us had to exist before the people and the Congress would go along with war. The majority of Americans became convinced of this threat, which, in actuality, never really existed. Now we have the ongoing debate over the location of weapons of mass destruction. Where was the danger? Was all this killing and spending necessary? How long will this nation building and dying go on? When will we become more concerned about the needs of our own citizens than the problems we sought in Iraq and Afghanistan?


...Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy. A few have, and others will continue to do so, but too many—both in and out of government—close their eyes to the issue of personal liberty and ignore the fact that endless borrowing to finance endless demands cannot be sustained. True prosperity can only come from a healthy economy and sound money. That can only be achieved in a free society."
















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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 02:17 PM
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1. Thanks for the R's :) n/t
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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 04:10 PM
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2. kicking this for the weekend crowd n/t
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 04:17 PM
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3. nice find
thanks for posting
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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 04:38 PM
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4. And thanks for noticing :) n/t
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-26-08 04:46 PM
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5. peace and low stress
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