As we say all the time, and we have to say it again, we have no horse in the presidential race.
This is a very interesting development. We said back in 2015 that if Rand won the Republican nomination for president that many of the neocconservatives, the Bushites, the pro-war, pro-military industrial complex guys would fall in line behind Hillary Clinton and abandon the Republican Party.
The neocons thought they could breathe easy with Rand out of the mix.
They were wrong. Indeed the Irving Kristol acolytes are in a near panic again over Trump. So much so that the neoconservatives, who long ago left the Democratic Party to join Nixon and the Republicans may be making a jump back to their home party.
What a presidential race. This is potentially a huge political shift.
In interviews with POLITICO, leading GOP foreign-policy hands — many of whom promoted the Iraq War, detest Putin and consider Israel’s security non-negotiable — said Trump would be a disaster for U.S. foreign policy and vowed never to support him. So deep is their revulsion that several even say they could vote for Hillary Clinton over Trump in November.
“Hillary is the lesser evil, by a large margin,” said Eliot Cohen, a former top State Department official under George W. Bush and a strategic theorist who argues for a muscular U.S. role abroad. Trump’s election would be “an unmitigated disaster for American foreign policy,” Cohen said, adding that “he has already damaged it considerably.”
Cohen, an Iraq war backer who is often called a neoconservative but said he does not identify himself that way, said he would “strongly prefer a third party candidate” to Trump, but added: “Probably if absolutely no alternative: Hillary.”
In a March 1 interview with Vox, Max Boot, a military historian at the Council on Foreign Relations who backed the Iraq War and often advocates a hawkish foreign policy, said that he, too, would vote for Clinton over Trump. “I’m literally losing sleep over Donald Trump,” he said. “She would be vastly preferable to Trump.”
No wonder Bush would never cut the size of government with this crew advising him.
Here is a little perspective on the neoconservative “persuasion.” (We are NOT saying that Trump is in any way a libertarian.)
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