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Neo-Conned! Again: Hypocrisy, Lawlessness, and the Rape of Iraq Hardcover – December 15, 2005
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"A detailed look at how neoconservative foreign policy lead us to war in Iraq and compromised our security at home." -- Congressman James P. Moran, (D-VA, 8th district)
"A sobering look into the Iraq war." -- Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC, 3rd District)
"An extremely valuable collection of commentaries on the war...featuring some of our most astute observers of U.S. foreign policy." -- Howard Zinn, historian, playwright, social activist; writer, The Progressive Magazine; Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Boston University; author, A Peoples History of the United States
"Clarification and de-mystification come together...a compelling picture of a great tragedy of our time." -- Hans-Christof von Sponeck, former UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq
"For those who believe in international law, in justice, and only in just wars, these volumes are must reads." -- Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D-IL, 2nd District)
"Neo-Conned! and Neo-Conned! Again serve a number of purposes that serve Americas national interests. Well done." -- Michael Scheuer, Former Chief, Bin Laden Unit, Counterterrorist Center, CIA; author (Anonymous) of Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror, and Through Our Enemies Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America
"These profound and challenging essays meet an urgent need for analyses to inspire resistance to a moral catastrophe." -- Daniel Ellsberg, political activist, Senior Research Associate, MITs Center for International Studies
"These volumes are most welcome...they unite writers of diverse backgrounds to end this unjust and unwinnable war." -- former Congressman Paul Findley (R-IL, 20th District)
"These volumes offer valuable insights from knowledgeable experts...hopefully they will help end the catastrophe of the Iraq war occupation." -- former Ambassador Edward L. Peck, former Chief of Mission in Iraq; Deputy Director, Cabinet Task Force on Terrorism, Reagan White House
"This outstanding collection exposes the false claims of the neoconservatives..." -- Paul Craig Roberts, syndicated columnist; former Associate Editor, Wall Street Journal; former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
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This is a large book, so my suggestion would be to find a couple of chapters that address specific issues the right-wingers are always bringing up and memorize the facts and figures so that when you meet these people and they start their blather about what a great President this War Criminal was, you can bury them and walk away leaving them crushed and whimpering.
All good people who can afford it should buy this book. They should also pick up a copy of THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: OMISSIONS AND DISTORTIONS by David Ray Griffin. The two books complement each other quite well.
- G. K. Chesterton.
_Neo-Conned! Again: Hypocrisy, Lawlessness, and the Rape of Iraq_, published in 2007 by Light in the Darkness Publications an imprint of IHS Press, is a sequel to the book _Neo-Conned!_ which condemns the War in Iraq from the perspective of Catholic just-war theory. This book is subtitled "The illegality and the injustice of the second Gulf War" and consists of various essays and interviews from a wide variety of perspectives. These two books are edited by D. L. O'Huallachain and J. Forrest Sharpe. The writers, thinkers, and soldiers whose essays appear in this book range from conservative and traditionalist Catholics to paleo-conservatives to left wing intellectuals. As such, the war is condemned from a wide variety of viewpoints and positions across the political spectrum. The second Gulf War has not met the criteria for a just-war according to Catholic tradition and thus is to be condemned. The reasons why this war was fought in the first place, in a country which should be of no direct concern to the United States, are varied. Obvious reasons include the presence of oil, the role of monetary policy in maintaining a strong dollar against the Euro, and political power. Another reason involves the take-over of United States foreign policy by a clique of intellectuals known as neoconservatives. Two fundamental characteristics of the neoconservative agenda (particularly as spelled out in excellent essays by Stephen Sniegoski and Claes Ryn) include a near messianic zeal for establishing global democracy (certainly not a classically conservative agenda!) and complete allegiance to the state of Israel above all things. For example, as Sniegosky shows, following the tragedy of 9/11, Bush came to be influenced by the foreign policy of the neoconservatives (allowing his original more restrained foreign policy to be superseded) and coupled with his own apocalyptic Christian beliefs came to regard the War against Iraq as necessary. In many ways then, the War against Iraq can be understood as being fought for Zionist interests. Similarly Claes Ryn concludes that the neoconservatives are the New Jacobins, and just as their ancestors unleashed a reign of terror following the French Revolution, so they have unleashed the full power of the American military. Another interesting essay by E. Michael Jones, argues (echoing the original claims of Murray Rothbard) that the so-called _National Review_ branch of "conservativism" is actually nothing more than a CIA black operation. Jones shows how though neoconservatives often appeal to ethnics and Catholics in particular, that their understanding of things is fundamentally opposed to the teachings of the Catholic church. A final essay that deserves some mention is that of David Lutz which focuses on Christian Zionism. This essay shows how Christian Zionists have abandoned the traditional just-war theory of the Roman Catholic Church. In particular, Lutz explains how Christian Zionism infiltrated Protestantism through the teachings of Darby, Scofield, and others (and that Scofield may even have been employed by the Rothschilds in their quest for global domination). Lutz shows how Christian Zionism is fundamentally opposed to the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church, and refutes the claims regarding the so-called Rapture made by some. These essays offer fascinating material which effectively shows how the "right wing" in America has been overtaken by usurpers whose policies of global democracy are anything but conservative.
The book begins with a foreword by Joseph Circincione and an introduction by Scott Ritter.
The book includes the following sections with essays by the following:
"An Exercise in Critical Thinking: Today's Sharpest Minds Tackle the War and its Context" - Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, Alexander Cockburn, Robert Fisk, Maurizio Blondet, and Noam Chomsky.
"Driving the Runaway Train: Neocons, 9/11, and Pretexts for War" - Claes G. Ryn, Stephen Sniegoski, Justin Raimondo, David W. Lutz, E. Michael Jones, Kirkpatrick Sale, Naomi Klein, and William O'Rourke.
"The Professionals Speak: Military Reactions to Operation Iraqi Freedom" - Karen Kwiatkowski, Robert Hickson, Jack Dalton, a roundtable discussion with several officers, Pablo Paredes, Karen Kwiatkowski, and Al Lorentz.
"The Professionals Speak II: The Intelligence Community and the Intelligence Debacle" - Patrick Lang and Ray McGovern.
"The Professionals Speak III: War College Professors Apply Their Expertise" - Jeffrey Record and Stephen C. Pelletiere.
"The Professionals Speak IV: A Scientist and a Diplomat" - Gordon Prather and Roger Morris.
"Defying World Order: Reactions from the Vatican and UN Perspectives" - Mark and Louise Zwick, John Burroughs and Nicole Deller, and Francis Boyle.
"Propping Up a Dying Giant: American Economic and Military Survival Tactics" - Immanuel Wallerstein and F. William Engdahl.
"One Good Scandal Deserves Another: The Snowballing of American Lawlessness" - Gabor Rona, Joseph Margulies, Amnesty International, Joseph Margulies, Jeffrey Steinberg, Jacob Weisberg, Dan Smith, and John Hutson.
"So Much for the Fourth Estate: Our Imperial Press" - Tom Engelhardt, John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, and Sam Gardiner.
"The Other Side of the Story: Honest Men Consider the Situation of Iraq" - Ayan S. Al-Qazazz, Fr. Jean-Marie Benjamin, and Milton Viorst.
"Enduring Injustice: Iraq and the Current Political Landscape" - Donn de Grand Pre, Mark Gery, and Curtis Doebbler.
"Appendices: Perspectives on Gulf War I" - Michael Ratner and John Stauber and Shelton Rampton.
These essays and interviews include excellent material to be found nowhere else. Together with the first book _Neo-Conned!_, these two books make an important contribution to the debate over the War in Iraq from the perspective of Catholic just-war theory and a condemnation of the role of the United States in that war.
"Neo-Con[servative]" was originally a racist epithet assigned to Jews who left their initial Socialist position (developed at home and cultivated in the university) and adopted more main-line American beliefs. It has no place in the vocabulary of supposedly "tolerant" people who "celebrate diversity." And yet here they trumpet it for the world to see how "tolerant" they really are...
Most of the hyperbole and so-called "facts" presented by this book have been conveniently tossed aside since the election of a non-Republican US President. The rest have simply been proven false. Not that that matters to those who still blame "Bush/Cheney/Halliburton" for the removal of Saddam Hussein (a Socialist).
Scott Ritter is an interesting choice for "moral authority": [...]
Not sufficiently absorbent to use as bird cage lining.