Monday, March 12, 2007

Hagel Against the War Party

Can the GOP be saved from the neocons?

Justin Raimondo of brilliantly analyses the impact todays expected entry of Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel into the Republican primary.

"A Hagel candidacy will deliver three mighty body blows against the War Party – perhaps with enough force to break their death grip on the GOP and send them back to academia and the Scoop Jackson wing of the Democratic Party.

First, Hagel will seriously challenge the neoconservative dominance of foreign policy discussion on the Right.

The peace party on the Right has a fully articulated platform and a literary presence, but no candidate. With the entry of Hagel into the race, that position is now filled. It's great to read all those wonderful articles in, say, The American Conservative, decrying the tragic hubris of ostensible conservatives pursuing a foreign policy conceived by Jacobins, as Professor Claes Ryn describes the neocons.

Secondly, the Hagel candidacy demolishes the prohibition against criticism of the war from major figures within the president's own party and paves the way for a torrent of pent-up frustration, anger, and growing despair among grassroots Republicans who see their party being wrecked by a cabal of schemers, dreamers, and increasingly discredited liars.

Most importantly, the Hagel campaign will legitimize anti-interventionist arguments and inject them into the national conversation in a way that will destroy the whole red/blue, partisan political dichotomy that keeps the War Party in the saddle."



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