A wise and frugal government which leaves men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement. This is the sum of good government. - Thomas Jefferson
Neocon Sheridan: Obama war-mongering "a good thing"
People might be forgiven for thinking that Rupert Murdoch's Australian newspaper is on our side. It does run decent material on occasion, but behind the scenes, it is firmly in the Neocon camp (see below). In fact, the foreign editor, Greg Sheridan is today supporting Obama in his endeavor to somehow save himself at the US mid-term elections by bombing Iran. As if that would work out for him.
"Some months ago I wrote that I thought Washington had given up serious effort to stop Iran getting nuclear weapons. A week in Washington has convinced me that the Obama administration has significantly toughened its approach and its resolve on Iran. And that's a good thing. And that's the most important thing. "
It is important for Australians to distinguish between Neoconservatism and Conservatism because these things filter over here, with journalists like Andrew Bolt, who claims he is "conservative" but is, in reality, a crude Neoconservative. Neocons are pro-war left-wingers (former Trotsky cultists, in fact) who have no interest in reducing the size of government. They infiltrated right-wing politics because they thought this would be the easiest way to push through their agenda. Arch-Conservatives in the United States oppose the Iraq war. Their prime spokesperson is former Presidential Candidate Pat Buchanan and Congressman Ron Paul.
Genuine conservatives, in both Australia and the United States, support limited constitutional government in the tradition of documents like the Magna Carta, and oppose military adventurism, adhering to the Christian theory of the 'just war'. Neocons support the welfare state and endless warfare.