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Jason Holliston
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2004  
Lawrence Kaplan's Take-Down of Tim Robbins

A senior editor of The New Republic, Lawrence F. Kaplan knows his foreign policy and political history. And he now shows how little of those things Tim Robbins has mastered. Robbins took it upon himself, after being snubbed by the Baseball Hall of Fame last year, to write a play that attacks the Bush Administration, the War on Terror, the Iraq War, and especially, that cabal of Neo-Conservatives (running things behind the scenes, don't you know). He's such a kook -- read the piece to see some of his insanity exposed.

It's incredible to me how little a lot of Left understands what Neo-Conservatives are all about, and the history of how they came to be. I'm not going into a long dissertation of their roots here (lack of time, don't you know), but quickly, they were Democrats who, in the early 70's, became extremely disenchanted with what they saw as the weakness of their party on foreign policy -- especially concerning the fight against Communism and the containment of the Soviets. So they left, and began to become somewhat of a force in the Republican party. Fiscally and socially, they share more with the Democrats than most people give them credit for. Heck, I'm probably closer to being a Neo-Conservative than almost anything else.

Oh, and if you're more interested in what Neo-Conservatives are all about, Commentary Magazine's a good place to start.

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