A True Nightmare: Obama Catering to Neo-cons

Max Boot, a contributing editor of the fervently neoconservative publication The Weekly Standard and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations has stated what progressives and libertarians dread most, that Obama is warming up nicely to neoconservatives in Washington. Some might contend that his appointments thus far have gained more approval from the statist right than from his own party. Maxx Boot in his own words regarding the matter-

As someone who was skeptical of Obama’s moderate posturing during the campaign, I have to admit that I am gobsmacked by these appointments , most of which could just as easily have come from a President McCain. (Jim Jones is an old friend of McCain’s, and McCain almost certainly would have asked Gates to stay on as well.) This all but puts an end to the 16-month timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, the unconditional summits with dictators, and other foolishness that once emanated from the Obama campaign. His appointments suggest that, if anything, his administration will have a Reapolitiker, rather than a liberal, bent, although Clinton and Steinberg at State should be powerful voices for “neo-liberalism” which is not so different in many respects from “neo-conservativism”. Both, for instance, support humanitarian interventions in places like Darfur and Bosnia.


Unfortunately, Obama is positioning himself to not follow through with The Change in foreign policy that he eloquently spoke about in the campaign, but beyond that, being a candidate perceived to be “far left”, he has neutralized a significant amount of anti-war pressure from the left. By the time the left-liberals see him as a fraud “neo-liberal” rather than a progressive, he will have already established his key foreign policy stances and positions.

Gideon Rachman over at Financial Times has some good commentary over at his FT Blog.

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