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Drew and The Neocons

Elizabeth Drew has a long piece in the New York Review of Books on “the neocons.” Trust me, I’m not going to get into the weeds on this again, but it’s worth noting that in the context of her article, the neocons are all the most right-wing figures in government. In other words to be right-wing — at least from the NYRB crowd — is to be a neocon, which is precisely the opposite argument from the self-proclaimed denizens of the far right. Also, on a more pedantic front. Ms. Drew writes that Richard Perle “has held only one government position—that of an assistant secretary of defense during the Reagan administration” in the same paragraph that she says Perle once served on Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson’s Senate staff. One of us needs to check the constitution, but I could swear that working for the Senate (a co-equal branch of government) constituted working for the government.


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