When did this term “Neo-Con” or “Neo-Conservative” bust out into common parlance? These otherwise intelligent people have been calling into Talk of the Nation on NPR, and talking about how Bush and the Neo-Cons want to force this whole radical anti-feminist, anti-gay, anti-whatever agenda on this nation.
I cringe every time I hear this buzzword muttered, because my fellow Liberals seem to have no fucking idea what the term means.
Neo-Cons are former Liberals who decided to get all hawkish on defense and foreign policy… They really don’t worry about domestic social issues. You can talk theory, (e.g., unintended consequences of action or inaction), but guys like Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Pearle are not that different from Lieberman, or Moynihan — except that the latter two actually care about helping people in this country.
Those worrying themselves with socially conservative issues are more aligned with the Religious Right– NOT the Neo-Cons.
Besides, a traditional Conservative foreign & defense policy would be isolationism — NOT pre-emptive war. The Republicans in congress and President Bush before 9/11 fit this traditional mold.
But, it seems that the Neo-Cons have thrown themselves a coming out party, complete with cluster bombs and accusations of Treason (directed toward those who oppose them).
It’s the word on everyones’ lips!