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Neoconservative Resurgence in the Age of Obama. Also profiles on Newt Gingrich, and more

FEATURED ARTICLE Neoconservative Resurgence in the Age of Obama By Daniel Luban Despite their political plunge, neoconservatives—and the think tanks that sustain them—have been surprisingly skilled at reinventing themselves and forcing the Obama administration to give them a seat at the table. They have choreographed a clever “carrots and sticks” dance—throwing support behind the president…

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Neoconservative Resurgence in the Age of Obama
By Daniel Luban

Despite their political plunge, neoconservatives—and the think tanks that sustain them—have been surprisingly skilled at reinventing themselves and forcing the Obama administration to give them a seat at the table. They have choreographed a clever “carrots and sticks” dance—throwing support behind the president when he has taken positions compatible with their dogma, and excoriating him when he has contravened it. They have also proved adept at making alliances with the liberal interventionists, like those at the Center for a New American Security, who are strikingly influential in and out of the Obama administration. Read full story.

 

FEATURED PROFILES

Newt Gingrich
AEI fellow and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is enjoying a splashy media comeback as a harsh and vociferous critic of the new administration.

Eliot Cohen
A neocon admired by some liberal hawks, Cohen disparages the Obama administration’s pursuit of diplomacy as shallow and merely an effort not to be like Bush.

Stephen Hadley
His tendency to play loose with the facts while a top official in Bush’s National Security Council has not dampened Hadley’s marketability. He now commands lucrative fees through a high-profile speakers bureau.

 

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