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Jara sang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:29 AM
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Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson
I am surprised I've never heard mention of "Scoop" Jackson, the hawkish Cold-warrior Democrat from Washington here before. He had close connections to several of the PNAC signatories.

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.

After thinking about his father's legacy for a few days, Jackson, a former speechwriter for Gov. Gary Locke, e-mailed a final thought:
"Intellectually, neocons are children of a common father, but what can the father do after a lowly few race off and elope with Republicans? Most Dads would sigh, lament their kids' poor taste, but love them anyway."

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Catholic Sensation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:33 AM
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1. Many neocons were once Democrats working with prominent Democrats
Charles Krauthammer was a speech writer for Walter Mondale. I believe William Kristol worked for Scoop Jackson or Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

The whole neoconservative movement is based on the worst parts of leftism; the "godfather" of the neoconservative movement was a Trotskyite who bought the whole "constant revolution" idea, only decided to apply it to revolutions of democracy.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:36 AM
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2. Jackson was the Joe Lieberman of his day.
And, like Joe, he was much loved by the "moderates" of that time.
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flakey_foont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:43 AM
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4. Pooper-scoop Jackson
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rsmith6621 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:48 AM
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5. What an Insult.....

Lieberman is a traitor to the democratic party......Jackson would have been speaking at the top of his lungs over tis PLAME issue.Jackson also would have used the Senate floor to daily remind the country of the LIES that Bush continues to tell,and Im certian our soldiers in Iraq would be taken care of better.....

Lieberman aint no Jackson........also dont forget Scoops buddy Maggie.....probably the two most powerful Sens ever,they together were captivating.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:09 AM
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7. Jackson was a faithful supporter of the slaughter in SE Asia.
And, an outspoken Cold Warrior. His minions now infest the White House and steer foreign policy. Abrams, Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith.

Who in the hell is "Maggie"?

Your speculations on what he would be doing today is pure spectulation based on what? His history of supporting the war in Vietnam and his cold warrior backing of "defense" certainly doesn't support that speculation.

I must have missed all the speeches he gave denouncing LBJ's and Nixon's lies about Vietnam.

The neo-cons didn't gravitate to Jackson because he was anti-war. Just as the DLC is gravitating to Lieberman and Hillary.

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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:39 AM
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3. ..............................
If I'm not mistaken, the concept of neo-conservatism can include former liberals/leftwingers who have morphed into these right-wing warmongers.

Tony Blair is a prime example. He was a liberal human rights lawyer who campaigned for CND and against apartheid. He became an MP in the 1983 election, when Labour was at their most traditionally left. (and got their asses handed to them by Thatcher, but nm)

Look at him now, I rest my case
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:11 AM
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8. The neo-cons emerged from the pro-war wing of Democratic Party.
With the aid of the likes of "Scoop" and his miserable ilk.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 09:03 AM
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The principals have also assisted each other down through the years. Frequently. In 1973 Richard Perle used his (and Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson's) influence as a senior staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to help Wolfowitz obtain a job with the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. In 1982, Perle hired Feith in ISP as his Special Counsel, and then as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Negotiations Policy. In 2001, DOD Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz helped Feith obtain his appointment as Undersecretary for Policy. Feith then appointed Perle as Chairman of the Defense Policy Board. In some cases, this mutual assistance carries risks, as for instance when Perle's hiring of Bryen as his Deputy in ISP became an extremely contentious issue in Perle's own Senate appointment hearings as Assistant Secretary.

Every appointment/hiring listed above involved classified work for which high-level security clearances and associated background checks by the FBI were required. When the level of the clearance is not above generic Top Secret, however, the results of that background check are only seen by the hiring authority. And in the event, if the appointee were Bryen or Ledeen and the hiring authority were Perle, Wolfowitz or Feith, the appointee(s) need not have worried about the findings of the background check. In the case of Perle hiring Bryen as his deputy in 1981, for instance, documents released in 1983 under the Freedom of Information Act indicate that the Department provided extraordinarily high clearances for Bryen without having reviewed more than a small portion of his 1978-79 FBI investigation file.


Perle came to Washington for the first time in early 1969, at the age of 28, to work for a neo-con think tank called the "Committee to Maintain a Prudent Defense Policy." Within months, Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson offered Perle a position on his staff, working with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. And within months after that--less than a year--Perle was embroiled in an affair involving the leaking of a classified CIA report on alleged past Soviet treaty violations.

The leaker (and author of the report) was CIA analyst David Sullivan, and the leakee was Richard Perle. CIA Director Stansfield Turner was incensed at the unauthorized disclosure, but before he could fire Sullivan, the latter quit. Turner urged Sen. Jackson to fire Perle, but he was let off with a reprimand. Jackson then added insult to injury by immediately hiring Sullivan to his staff. Sullivan and Perle became close friends and co-conspirators, and together established an informal right-wing network which they called "the Madison Group," after their usual meeting place in--you might have guessed--the Madison Hotel Coffee Shop.


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