Neocons Never Leave

Pretty much everyone with a brain agrees that the Administration’s approach to Iraq was disastrous (this excludes both Cheney and Lieberman). So you would think the architects of Bush’s war, neoconservatives, would be banished to the political wilderness. Somehow, these guys are still around, and now they are giving the ’08 candidates advice:

Most Americans disapprove of the Iraq war and of exporting democracy by force, yet neoconservative proponents of those policies advise the leading Republican presidential hopefuls.

“There is an overwhelming presence of neoconservatives and absence of traditional conservatives that I don’t know what to make of,” said Richard V. Allen, former Reagan White House national security adviser.

Advisers to Sen. John McCain of Arizona include Robert Kagan, co-founder of the neoconservative Project for the New American Century (PNAC), while former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani’s policy team includes Norman Podhoretz, a founder of the neoconservative movement, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets advice from Dan Senor, who counseled L. Paul Bremer III, the Coalition Provisional Authority administrator in Iraq.

I cannot believe that candidates would listen to an individual with a history of terrible advice. But I guess this explains Bob Shrum, right?

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