Another Neoconservative Startup

Another Neoconservative Startup
by JBS President Emeritus John F. McManus

Here we go again! The champions for socialism, militarism, and world government have a new organization. A successor to the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) is the latest think tank formed to promote big government, war, and the destruction of national sovereignty through economic and political entanglements.

U.S. Marines with Iraqi POWs. Why is war always the answer? Image from Wikimedia Commons, public domain, United States Marine Corps.

One after the other, these organizations are bastions of neoconservatism, the political philosophy launched by Irving Kristol in 1972. Joyfully dubbed “the Godfather of Neoconservatism,” Kristol wrote about his brand of skullduggery in his 1995 book Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea. For its basic goals, he supported “the New Deal in principle” and condemned “the kind of isolationism that then permeated American conservatism.” That’s socialism and internationalism, each an antithesis of Americanism. In addition, neoconservatives have always supported involvement in wars to further their goals.

PNAC debuted in 1997. Founded by Irving Kristol’s son William and veteran internationalist Robert Kagan, its dozens of members included holdovers from the first Bush administration: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Elliott Abrams, Dan Quayle, Paul Wolfowitz, and Robert Zoellick to name a few. They wanted President Bush the elder to reinvade Iraq after the UN-limited goal in that unhappy country had been achieved via the 1991 Desert Storm invasion.

Out of office after Clinton defeated the elder Bush in 1992, the PNAC neocons gathered under William Kristol and pushed hard for another invasion of Iraq. They sought help from President Clinton who had personal problems to deal with and couldn’t comply. Then they went to House Speaker Gingrich who evidently didn’t want adopt their agenda. So the proposed re-invasion of Iraq got shelved.

After George W. Bush replaced Clinton in 2001, PNAC members Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and others were back in the saddle. They put together a plan to reinvade Iraq even before the devastating 9/11 attack. That attack supplied their rationale (a crisis that wasn’t wasted!) to reinvade Iraq. And, revealingly, they sought and obtained authorization not from Congress but from the United Nations.

In 2009, six years after the second invasion of Iraq and the huge mess it produced, PNAC folded its tent and made room for the FPI. Its top leaders just happened to include William Kristol and Robert Kagan, the founders of PNAC. New potential targets turned out to be “China and Russia” along with “Al Qaeda and its affiliates.” FPI’s underlying neoconservative goals were only a little different from those of its PNAC predecessor: “rejection of isolationism,” “strong military budget,” “international economic integration,” etc.

Here we are in 2017 and FPI has been discontinued in favor of the ASD. The new neocon venture lists members such as leading Democrats national security adviser for Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton Jake Sullivan, Obama CIA director Mike Morrell, and Obama Ambassador to Russia Mike McFaul. Calling itself “a bipartisan, transatlantic initiative,” and funded generously by the German Marshall Fund, its Republican neocons are led by William Kristol and Michael Chertoff. Democrats within ASD delight in having common cause with GOP neocons because of their shared loathing of Donald Trump. The potential enemies of these individuals would be Iran and Russia.

Why war? The answer isn’t hard to decipher. War always leads to larger government, increased indebtedness, moral decline, and cries for internationalism. These were common goals of the now defunct PNAC and FPI, and now the ASD. Then-German Chancellor Willy Brandt (a secret Communist) announced the creation of the German Marshall Fund in a speech at Harvard University in 1972. A U.S.–based organization, the GMF is headquartered in Washington DC. from which it will fuel the efforts of the new ASD and other highly questionable ventures.

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McManus_2Mr. McManus served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s and joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966. He has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and President. Mr. McManus has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is also author of a number of educational DVDs and books. Now President Emeritus, he continues his involvement with the Society through public speaking and writing for this blog, the JBS Bulletin, and The New American


Conservatism: When the Rhetoric Doesn’t Match the Record

Conservatism: When the Rhetoric Doesn’t Match the Record
adapted from the “William F. Buckley, Jr., Pied Piper for the Establishment” book by JBS President John F. McManus

When William F. Buckley, Jr., came onto the scene in the 1950s, the word “conservatism” could have been equated with “Americanism.” Conservatives wanted to preserve those institutions and principles that made America great and good. They cherished both the U.S. Constitution and traditional morality. They wanted government to protect them from evil-doers but not regulate their lives or provide them with handouts.

But over the past half century, the word “conservatism” has lost its former meaning. These days mainstream conservatives want to interject the U.S. government into everything from massively funding the nation’s schools to policing the world. And many conservatives support them.

What happened is that most conservatives were led astray. They were deceived, not by overt liberalism, but by counterfeit conservatism. And the liberal Establishment’s principal pied piper — who hit just enough of the right notes to captivate conservatives — was William F. Buckley.

The book, “William F. Buckley, Jr.: Pied Piper for the Establishment” examines the following details of Buckley’s life:

  • connections to the Council on Foreign Relations, the CIA, and Yale’s Skull & Bones
  • selection of ex-Communists, Trotskyites, and CIA veterans to staff National Review
  • failed attempt to destroy The John Birch Society
  • promotion of liberal causes, including abortion, drugs, homosexuality, and pornography.

Buckley set the stage for younger pied pipers who would lead unwitting conservatives even further astray. But by understanding how Buckley fooled at least two generations, today’s conservatives should be all the wiser. Not only should they learn from the past to avoid being fooled again, but they should begin the process of undoing the damage already done. This book provides vital information on both scores. Purchase today to learn more of the foundations of the neo-conservative movement!

If the record doesn’t match the rhetoric, or if the meaning of words need to evolve to match the actions of today’s conservatives, then a critical eye must be cast to those leaders and to their intent.

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McManus_2Mr. McManus served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s and joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966. He has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.


WSJ Promotes Anti-American Partnerships

WSJ Promotes Anti-American Partnerships
by JBS President John F. McManus

Frequently but wrongly categorized as “conservative,” the Wall Street Journal has long promoted internationalism and loss of sovereignty for America. Such anti-American thinking shaped policies by veteran Editor Robert Bartley who passed away in 2003. While holding his elevated post, Bartley didn’t hide his preference for internationalism and its socialist companion, the guts of neoconservatism. Years ago, he told former colleague Peter Brimelow, “I think the nation-state is finished.” Brimelow admitted being “thunderstruck” by that remark.

Under Bartley’s leadership, the Journal backed NAFTA, the European Union, the World Trade Organization, and even the never-enacted Free Trade Area of the Americas, which would have been another post-NAFTA step toward world government. Real conservatives remember him with deep suspicion for agreeing with Mexico’s President Vicente Fox that “NAFTA should evolve into something like the European Union, with open borders….” As far back as 1984, he even suggested a constitutional amendment that would unblushingly say, “There shall be open borders.”

Bartley may be gone but current WSJ editorialist Kimberley Strassel appears to be his disciple. After graduating in 1994 from Princeton University with a degree in public policy and international affairs, she accepted Journal posts in Brussels and London. Back in New York in 1999, she rose steadily and won elevation to WSJ’s Editorial Board in 2005. Her columns now appear in one of the paper’s coveted spots where she is currently promoting enactment of two so-called “free trade” partnerships, one with a dozen Pacific-rim nations (TPP) and the other with the 28 formerly independent nations of the European Unions (TTIP).

Strassel’s enthusiasm for these two NAFTA-like pacts includes strong backing for presidential “fast track,” the dubious grant of power known officially as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). This is the scheme that gives the President an enormous increase in power over international commerce by requiring Congress to cave in to the executive branch when considering trade pacts. If the President gains TPA, Congress is limited to merely a Yes or No vote on each pact. No amendments. Just hand over congressional power to “regulate commerce with foreign nations,” given in Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 3 of the Constitution. TPA is not only danger-filled, it’s unconstitutional. As Alexander Hamilton noted in Essay #78 of The Federalist Papers, “There is no position which depends on clearer principles than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor under which it is exercised, is void.” But TPA was granted before when President Clinton relied on it as Congress caved in and passed NAFTA.

In her February 13th column, Strassel called on Congress to give TPA to President Obama so he could gain undiluted approval from Congress for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Her enthusiasm for these two huge pacts, both of which would severely impact U.S. sovereignty, includes her off-the-wall claim that congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority for the President “gives Congress more say in trade talks – not less.” Just the opposite is the obvious truth.

Congress should not grant TPA to the President. And when TPP and TTIP come to Congress, members should say, “No.” If that happens, there might follow a successful move to repeal NAFTA, the 1994 pact that has cost the jobs of millions of Americans, contributed mightily to the opening of our borders, and moved America a sizable step closer to world government, the new world order.

Readers of the Wall Street Journal who still value U.S. independence must be on guard for neoconservatives like Strassel who seem determined to terminate the nation-state, certainly including ours.

Learn more at our Choose Freedom — Stop the Free Trade Agenda action project page.


Mr. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966 and has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.