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Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency Paperback – April 21, 2005
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Buchanan also makes an important point that China, the rising power, has to be central to U.S. policy, as the U.S. is the declining power. Neither "terrorism", which is a tactic, not an enemy, nor Islamic fundamentalism, has the capacity to threaten U.S. vital interests in the way an ascendant China will have in the years to come. As Zbigniew Brzezinski has pointed out (see his "The Choice" and my review), the Bush/Cheney administration's "war on terrorism" propaganda is simplistic and hysterical.
Beyond that, Buchanan the socially conservative Catholic tacks on the predictable call for a White Straight Christian Nation, discussing Mexican immigration at some length.Read more ›
What's even more shocking is that are 'neoconservitives" are just as radical as Bin Laden. Buchanan doesn't need to name call, he simply quotes neocons like Michael "creative destruction" Leedon -
and reveals their radical agenda.
The idea that you can bring freedom at gunpoint is not only unworkable, but far from conservtive - it is a notion that has more in common with Trotsky and the Sans coultte than Edmund Burke.
Buchanan's book offers a strong arguement that not only are we not winning this 'war' but we are actually strenthening our enemies and ignoring our real problems.
Buchanan predictions have repeatedly been confirmed....his book is a closest thing we have to a crystal ball on these matters.
He shows how Richard Pearle & Paul Wolfiwitz convinced president G.Bush to adopt interventionist policies. In ch-3, he gives some historical background on Islam. from their early conflicts with the west to the present. In ch-4, he speaks of the vagueness of the term "war on terror." He feels it is an eternal war that can't truly be won. Chapter-5 was the most fascinating to this reader as he compares the USA's economic & military power to that of China's. In ch-6-8, he bashes the abysmal economic policies of the neo-cons. From out of control government spending, the huge deficits, the outsourcing of our manufacturing base, & the de-valuing of the dollar. If something is not done to reverse these trends he feels we will be in a permanent decline. In ch-9, he detests the craven Congress' surrender to the judicial branch. He feels the latter has become far to powerful in its negative influence on our citizenry.
In ch-10, "The Way Back Home" he concludes with advice on foreign policy, economic policy, immigration, Islam & terror. For both the USA & the Republican party he believes itis crucial that the traditionalist conservative ideological base take back the party from the neo-con wing of the party. Unlike his previous book "Death Of The West," he has plenty of statistics to back up his claims. In conclusion he feels it will take at least a decade to repair the damage done by the Bush administration. Lets
all hope it can be fixed faster than that?
Buchanan is especially good at debunking the "moral clarity" so near and dear to neocon hearts: "In this most Christianized of countries [the U.S.], premarital sex, homosexual unions and abortions are considered normal and moral by our cultural elites [including the more hypocritical neocons]. Islamic societies reject them as immoral. Who does President Bush believe is right?...In a war against 'evil-doers,' on whose side is Beijing?...In World War 2 we were allied with Stalin...in the Cold War with the Shah and General Pinochet. America triumphed by putting 'moral clarity' on the shelf....Were we acting immorally?" Excellent questions all.
So far as it goes, Buchanan's critique contains some serious bite and plenty of truth. However, he is mistaken to dump the blame entirely in the laps of the neocons. There is a second equally important culprit: the religious right.
The reason the GOP has changed so much since the late '80s is because its two newest and loudest constituent groups, the neocons and the religious right, are not traditional Republican constituencies at all.Read more ›
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The quote cited in the title of this review came from British historian A. J. P. Taylor. Britain lost 720,000 dead in WWI, another 400,000 in WWII. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Loyd Eskildson
Although I am a conservative, not as such like Mr. Buchanan, he was right and is right on many issues. Read morePublished 11 months ago by jmisko
So right and to the point. Far from 2014 politics but still actual about economics, and bad political decisions that are inpoverishing citizens and empowering, enriching entities... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Philippe L. Carrierre
In "Where the Right Went Wrong" Buchanan basically says: When the right started to follow those Israel First Jew boys called "neo-conservatives". Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by john thames
In describing how the neoconservatives hijacked the presidency, Buchanan recounts how conservatives in the '70's came to see "detente" as a dirty word, and began disregarding... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Jerry Weaver
Buchanan is sharply trashing Bush Junior's foreign policy (and intelligence). Fun reading. He then moves on to the main theme of the book; how the neo-conservatives have taken over... Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by Jackal
A whole lot of proof-texting, very little substance. When he discusses something that sounds like substance it is actually repetitious referencing and selective information... Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Francis Booth Lynch
I had bought this book at a dollar store and let it sit until recently....it is hugely valuable. I have always tried to keep an independent mind re: politics but with the debacle... Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by Chas