Norman Podhoretz & The Bush Doctrine of Pre-Emptive War

From: Campaign for Liberty

The Bush Doctrine of Pre-Emptive War

Glenn Greenwald has a new article out in Salon questioning the lack of a serious debate over the right claimed by Bush to invade any sovereign country, any time, for any reason. In it, he references Norman Podhoretz.

For those of you who don’t know who Norman Podhoretz is, he is a militant socialist theorist who has called for a merging of the races as the only solution to what he calls “the Negro problem,” a co-signer of The Project for a New American Century’s statement of principles, a campaign adviser to Rudy Guiliani, and an advocate for unending war in the Middle East on behalf of Israel.

For this, George Bush gave him the Presidential Metal of Freedom in 2004. He is considered one of the modern fathers of neoconservativism. It is from the embrace of the ideas of Podhoretz, Irving Kristol and the Weekly Standard that I began referring to neoconservativism as American National Socialism and began drawing the obvious comparisons to Nazism. That this new national socialism is based on the work of Jewish scholars is almost as ironic as calling it a form of “conservativism.”

The piece also includes a nice quote from Dr. Paul.

Where is the debate over the Bush Doctrine?

Before it became clear that Sarah Palin had never heard of it, nobody — including the presidential candidates themselves — ever had difficulty answering questions about what they believed about the Bush Doctrine, nor ever suggested that this Doctrine was some amorphous, impossible-to-understand, abstract irrelevancy. Quite the contrary, despite some differences over exactly what it means, it was widely understood to constitute a radical departure — at least in theory — from our governing foreign policy doctrine, and it is that Doctrine which has unquestionably fueled much of the foreign policy disasters of the last eight years.

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