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Tinoire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-20-05 11:52 PM
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21. Ah yes... you mean the Scoop Jackson Democrats now known as neocons?
The same school that spawned Richard Perle (former staffer for Sen. Jackson and still a Democrat to this day), Wolfowitz? Those Democrats? Oh yea.. That was the beginning of the damn cancer that's destroying BOTH parties. True conservatives are NOT at all happy with these little "Scoop Jackson" Democrats commonly known as Neo-cons. Those who stayed in the Democratic Party, like Lieberman are known as neo-Liberals. Same nasty cancer. And I have the same disdain for ALL of them. Those aren't traditional Democrats- those are the CANCER CELL that are trying to snuff out traditinal Democrats and traditional Republicans to merge them all into one big pro-war, imperialistic party.


Scoop Jackson's protgs shaping Bush's foreign policy

WASHINGTON As legacies go, few elected officials from the state cast a longer shadow than the late (Democratic Senator from Everett) Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson, who served 31 years in the Senate and launched two unsuccessful presidential campaigns.


But it's easy to understand why Jackson's hawkish views are suddenly in vogue: Many of the young aides who were drawn to work for Jackson in the 1970s because of his unwavering opposition to the Soviet Union now help shape the Bush administration's foreign policy.

At one time, these Jackson Democrats advocated building more nuclear weapons in an effort to hobble world communism. Many have since joined the Republican Party and rally around new foreign-policy buzzwords: "regime change."


Peter Jackson, the senator's son, said some admirers of his father's position on foreign policy forget Jackson's efforts to preserve wilderness and enact environmental policies. ((enter Lieberman who stayed behind to tend the environment))


The list of former Jackson staff members reads like a who's who of foreign-policy experts.

    Richard Perle is an adviser to the Defense Department and considered a major influence on Bush administration foreign policy.

    Doug Feith is undersecretary of defense for policy at the Pentagon.

    Elliott Abrams, special assistant to the president focusing on Middle East affairs, worked as special counsel to Jackson.

    Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of defense and one of Bush's Iraq policy experts, never served directly under Jackson. But they had a long relationship that began when Wolfowitz, then a 29-year-old graduate student, helped Jackson prepare charts when the senator wanted to persuade fellow lawmakers to fund an antiballistic-missile program in 1969.


Many former Jackson staff members became disillusioned with the Democratic Party during the Carter administration and later supported President Reagan. As a group, they were known as the "neoconservatives," or neocons.


"The Rumsfeld Defense Department is as close to Jackson as any publicly identifiable group," biographer Kaufman said. He remembers a Henry M. Jackson Foundation dinner in Washington, D.C., three years ago attended by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Perle, Abrams and Wolfowitz.

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