Since April 2 when the Lausanne Accord was signed by Iran and the Group 5+1 -- the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany -- the opposition, namely, the neoconservatives
, the Republican Party, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and their lobbies in the United States has been in high gear to prevent the signing of the Vienna agreement which was reached on July 14.
have understood this better than their realist or libertarian rivals on the right.
does a good job of repudiating the perceived political reality that holds that Republicans promote conservative ideals and legislation and Democrats put forth liberal, big-government agendas.
Critics of the US invasion of Iraq have often pointed to the malign influence of a group of neoconservatives
supposedly influenced by the German-American political philosopher Leo Strauss (1899-1973).
In the previous decade, the Republican Party represented right-wing extremist policies, led by a cabal of neoconservatives
who tried to impose American military and economic hegemony around the world.
One such platform was the Foreign Policy Initiative, which was founded by neoconservatives
who cleverly reworded old slogans.
However, the focus of this essay is not simply the selectivity of neoconservatives
but on how unacknowledged libertarian presumptions in their work distort Catholic thinking.
, though a small, elite group of intellectuals, have influenced U.
Kirkpatrick, Fred Barnes, and Bruce Bartlett were neoconservatives
, so the phenomenon of neoconservatism cannot be considered solely a Jewish affair.
To be sure, there are valid criticisms to be made of the policy recommendations promoted by neoconservatives
, whether it be the expansion of NATO or military intervention to stop the genocide in Darfur.
foreign policy the word has been associated specifically with neoconservatism and in particular with a narrow group of pro-Israeli neoconservatives
with occupations in government, think tanks, academia, and the news media.
However, the neoconservatives
have lost two of their prominent figures in only two months: Irving Kristol passed away on September 18, and his death was shortly followed by that of William Safire on the 27th of the same month.