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RE: Whats a neo-conservative?
It's my understanding that neo-conservatism began in the 1950's with a group of former communist, mostly Jewish intellectuals who, upon discovering the atrocities of Stalin converted to capitalism. They were anti-communist cold warriors who viewed US foreign policy since the 50's not as expansionist capitalism but as opposing Soviet communism. Thereby supporting the overthrow of democratically elected governments in such places as Guatemala, Iran, Chile etc.
The left wing opposition to the neo-conservatives were socialists or communists critical of Stalin from the start. So Trotskyites like Hitchens and libertarian socialists like Chomsky never needed to repent from their sin of supporting Stalin by becoming his opposite, because they had never supported Stalin to begin with.
With the fall of the Soviet Union, the neo-conservatives interpreted this event as a victory in the cosmic battle of good against evil (capitalism vs. communism) and began to redirect the energies which they had previously interpreted as resistance to communism to the expansion of capitalism around the globe disguised in the clothing of 'the expansion of democracy'. One ideological tool they are using in this battle is to cast Islam in the role of the former Soviet Union. This has to be done at least partly because Islam, while as democratically inclined as Christianity, has some distinctively anti-capitalist components which resist the commodification of all aspects of human life.
In order to assure the global spread of US capitalism, the neo-cons realize the indispensable role of oil hence their recent (mis)adventure.
Obviously, anyone who says that Jesus Christ is the greatest political thinker he has ever read can't be a true neo-con.