What a Hillary Clinton Foreign Policy Team Will Look Like: The Frightening Convergence between Hillary’s Liberal Interventionism and Neoconservatism

Jim Lobe is an expert on neocons. Everything is says about them is true. You need to read this guy so you can figure out what its going on. This is the closest glimpse to what a Hillary foreign policy team would look like, and the views of these folks probably represent Hillary’s own views quite well. This is the ideology that will be running the show during Hillary’s Presidency. Notice I said “will” be running the show? That’s right. Hillary’s going to win.

Yesterday he received this announcement:

Extending American Power:
Strategies to Expand U.S. Engagement in a Competitive World Order
Featured Speakers:

Hon. Michele Flournoy

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Center for a New American Security

Dr. Robert Kagan

Senior Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy
The Brookings Institution

Mr. James P. Rubin

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
United States Department of State

Hon. Robert Zoellick
Chairman, Goldman Sachs’ International Advisors
Former President, World Bank Group

Moderated By:

Hon. Kurt Campbell

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Center for a New American Security

The Center for a New American Security invites you to the launch of its new report, “Extending American Power: Strategies to Expand U.S. Engagement in a Competitive World Order,” on Monday, May 16th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Willard Hotel (1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004).

Over the last year, a high-level, bipartisan group of subject matter experts, co-chaired by Dr. Kagan and Mr. Rubin, have addressed global challenges through CNAS’ Extending American Power project. The goal of that project was to generate new thinking and collaboration to help shape the conversation on American leadership in the world at a time when partisan politics have reached unprecedented heights. The report is designed to assist policymakers in determining ways that the United States can best use its power in order to protect national interests and advance the values upon which the United States was built.

Today’s global security environment looks dramatically different than just a few years ago. From the return of geopolitics in the form of a resurgent and revisionist Russia to the collapse of order across the Middle East and North Africa to the rise of ISIS and the resulting refugee crisis, American policymakers are struggling to address an increasingly complex web of security challenges.

What is certain, however, is that American leadership is needed more than ever before to ensure the continued strength of the global order. This event will discuss the Extending American Power project’s findings and provide an opportunity to hear from experts on both sides of the aisle on ways the United States can pursue a pragmatic and sustainable strategy for engagement in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

The bipartisan nature of this project has been a driving factor, and the final report has been endorsed and signed by not only the co-chairs but also high-level policymakers from both parties, including the Hon. Kurt Campbell, the Hon. Eric Edelman, the Hon. Michele Flournoy, Mr. Richard Fontaine, the Hon. Stephen J. Hadley, Ms. Julianne Smith, the Hon. James Steinberg, and the Hon. Robert Zoellick.

We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a fascinating discussion.

Lobe comments:

I think it’s fair to predict that the above-mentioned report is likely to be the best guide to date of where a Hillary Clinton presidency will want to take the country’s foreign policy. It’s not only “bipartisan.” It’s the point of convergence between liberal interventionism (as represented by Flournoy, Campbell, Rubin, and Steinberg) and neoconservatism (as represented by Kagan and Edelman).

Fontaine, Zoellick, and Hadley tend toward the more realist side of what remains of Republican foreign-policy thinking. The report’s title, Extending American Power: Strategies to Expand U.S. Engagement in a Competitive World Order, suggests a determination to maintain, if not enhance, Washington’s “indispensable” role as the ultimate guarantor of global peace and security. “What is certain … is that American leadership is needed more than ever before to ensure the continued strength of the global order,” the summary asserts.

Given the electorate’s war-weariness and the likely focus during the election campaign on domestic issues, Hillary may not campaign on such an explicitly “expansive” foreign-policy platform (especially with respect to trade issues). But I suspect these will be the kinds of people who will be asked to serve in senior policy-making posts in her administration. Indeed, I imagine Flournoy may already have a lock on the Pentagon and could be in the running for national security adviser (although Steinberg is probably a strong candidate for the post.)

As for Kagan, he’s certainly as comfortable at this point being described as a liberal internationalist as a neoconservative. I called him a “neocon renegade” last year, and he’s made clear that he, like other neocons such as Max Boot and Eliot Cohen, would support Clinton over Trump. Perhaps Edelman will also prefer Clinton. As a protege of Richard Perle, co-chair of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs’s ultra-hawkish task force on Iran, and a director with Kagan, Bill Kristol, and Dan Senor of the Foreign Policy Initiative, Edelman would be a frightening choice for a senior appointment in a Clinton administration.

Of course, many neocons supported Bill Clinton over George H.W. Bush in 1992, only to be severely disappointed when only a tiny handful were chosen to serve in senior posts when he became president. We may see a repeat of that phenomenon after the 2016 elections.


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37 responses to “What a Hillary Clinton Foreign Policy Team Will Look Like: The Frightening Convergence between Hillary’s Liberal Interventionism and Neoconservatism

  1. charles hoffman

    I traveled the world as a cultural-physical anthropologist often times hiding my US citizenship with camouflage ID & Passports…Having personally witnessed the willing abuse of Islamic peoples and our support of Zionists in our government, it’s about time we join the Muslim world in the ethnic cleansing of Jews and Mexicans in the US. Shutting our borders for 50 years. We need to reboot our country. Outlaw inflation…Outlaw charge cards. Outlaw NAFTA.etc…It would be great. The young people will ethnic cnknk&

    • EPGAH

      What about the rapes Moslems commit in the Civilized World–especially given that they’re pretending to be refugees, fleeing their own damn violence?

    • EPGAH

      Or is the “refugee” shtick just the modern day equivalent of the Trojan Horse, we BRING them in to rape, loot, murder, while if they tried to FORCE their way in, they’d get deservedly shot?

      Or as you called it “camouflage ID”?

    • EPGAH

      If you really believe Moslems are in any way beneficial to Americans, why are you concealing from them that YOU are American?

      Reveal your true colors to them, and see what they do to you. If you survive, think of them doing unto ALL Americans whatever they did to you. I mean really, how much do the terrorists have to do to us before we can call them an enemy? If you’re pretending to be Canadian (The usual gambit for people who want to conceal their American nationality), did you ask what the deal was with the savage mass rape in Canada?

      Many people before you have proposed letting terrorists into America to drive out the Mexicans, or letting unlimited Mexicans into America to drive out the terrorists. Both are stupid ideas right up there with using Hemlock as a “Treatment Option” for Strychnine Poisoning. It WILL alleviate the symptoms of the other problem, but does so by killing the host.

      Shutting the borders is a GREAT idea, but that means keeping out Mexican AND Moslem terrorists!

    • Tony Swagger

      Jews are by large responsible for the mess our western world is in. And their track record of being thrown out of more than 100 countries doesnt help either. But I wouldnt give free pass to islam. Your poor little abused Islamic people have a history of drugs, slavery, treat their minorities like shit. Islam is a codeword for control and subjucation. Look up Saudi, it is still going on.Please Look it up. Iran is an exception thoough, as it clings largely to its preislamic zoroastrian culture and shia islam. Its not us christians alone who are at the receiving end of muslim and jew savagery. Islam creates problem wherever it steps in with a huge number. Name one ethnic group that doesnt have a problem with muslims in huge numbers, Be it Buddhist, Christians from Asia, Mongoloids, Hindus everybody wants to keep away from Islam. What makes you think these islamic savages are our friends?

  2. The israeli lobby and the Neocons hated H.W Bush, he openly confrontes them and in his re-election he lost part of the vote to Ross Perot.

  3. Stary Wylk

    You don’t have to vote for Hillary. You don’t have to vote at all, but you would have more effect voting against her. There’s still time to vote for Sanders.

    As First Lady she stumped for NAFTA. To this former industrial worker, that’s bad enough.

    • EPGAH

      NAFTA was BILL Clinton’s baby. Then we had the Great Sucking Noise predicted by Ross Perot, as our businesses and jobs moved to Mexico. But Mexico’s scum kept pouring in HERE. They clearly weren’t looking for jobs, as they could’ve stayed in their own country and had our jobs delivered to them on a silver platter!

      Hillary will be worse, she considers the TPP her “Gold Standard”.

      Why would we vote for Sanders? He was a bum, unable to hold a job until age 40, he wants to take even MORE money from the earners and give it to losers. If you have a job at all, he’ll punish you for it. If not, then sure, he’s your Man. But America can’t afford any more time with a spendthrift in charge.

      • Stary Wylk

        “NAFTA was BILL Clinton’s baby.” and Hillary helped sell it.

        Sanders isn’t my candidate. If he were the only alternative to Hillary, though, I would vote for him. For one thing, he isn’t psychotically anti-gun.

        • Another William Playfair Web

          No, it’s common knowledge that he opposed regulations on Gun Manufacturers (relative to crimes being committed with those guns), at a debate he described his reasons for such as being ‘the will of his mostly rural constituents’
          What you are saying is simply not factual.
          I’m pretty much against gun control, too.

        • Another William Playfair Web

          I am against Gun Control generally, but the NRA portrays anybody who doesn’t wholeheartedly support using taxpayer money to distribute AR-15s to school children as a crazy Marxist Nazi, lol.

      • Gay State Girl

        He was one of the only senators to oppose $40 billion aid package to Israel. That’s the only reason I supported Sanders.

      • Jason Y

        That’s not always the case NAFTA helped Mexico somewhat, but also massively hurt it. For one thing, their markets are swamped with US farm goods. This situation drives small farmers out of business etc..

  4. EPGAH

    “A complex web of security challenges”? All they have to do is STOP LETTING THE RAPEFUGEES IN!

  5. James Schipper

    Dear Robert

    Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, American foreign policy was 50% security politics and 50% power politics. Now it is 5% security politics and 95% power politics. All the American military bases abroad have as much to do with the defense of the United States as the British Indian Army had to do with the defense of Britain. They serve an imperial purpose.

    Regards. James

    • EPGAH

      Imperial would mean we used force to control the savages.
      Instead, we use MONEY to control them–and sometimes they still turn on us even though we completely underwrite them!

      Empire would also mean we were taking in more than we gave out. Instead, our force is used to maintain peace, even when the conditions are not favorable to us. Take the Iraq War. We pacified the terrorists, but CHINA took the money, despite not risking one Yuan, not one Red Guard putting the terrorists down! We even pay and feed our enemies, from Mexico to Afghanistan to South Africa! Or things like Iran, where the savages steal from us…and we do nothing about it. Sometimes we’ll protect our allies…and sometimes we’ll let them twist in the wind.

      What kind of “empire” is that? An empire needs consistency. You’re our enemy, we hurt you, not feed or pay you. You rob us, you get punished until we take back what you stole. You ally with us, we WILL protect you. No Ifs, Ands, Buts, Maybes, or other conditional statements.

      Hell, we won’t even protect our OWN borders, so the projection of force on enemies or protection on allies is…shaky at best?

      • Stary Wylk

        “Empire would also mean we were taking in more than we gave out. ”

        1) Some people get to run things even though they’re incompetent.
        2) It’s not OUR empire.

    • EPGAH

      Maybe if we were a bit more consistent, Third World scum would not challenge us with “Make Us” every time we told them to do or not do something. If we don’t keep the scum of the Earth in line, who will? China? Russia? What do you think Quality of Life will be with either of those as World Hegemon?

    • Another William Playfair Web

      facts are for Mexicants I guess.

  6. Hizzle

    Someone over at The Intercept (maybe Glenn Greenwald) said Trump would pursue a more isolationist, dove-ish policy, more in line with paleo-conservatism, I think if he recruited what Jacob Heilbrunn called the “Arabists” like Hagel (and Buchanan) that would be the closest the Middle East would ever get to a genuine two-state internationally brokered peace settlement. The region would either fester or stabilize based on the absence/withdrawal of US might. But of course Trump isn’t going to win.

    God, it’s screwed up to think that a Republican billionaire may actually be more of a dove than a mainstream democratic party candidate, but once you get past the hyperbole and theatrical exasperation, that appears to be the case.

  7. Another William Playfair Web

    Ted Cruz is going to obstruct Trump, and successfully (turn on the news if you don’t know what I’m talking about).

    • Another William Playfair Web

      Ted Cruz is the savior of the proud “Third World Mongrol” people! Lol.

    • Gay State Girl


      • Another William Playfair Web

        Ted Cruz never mentioned “party unity” when dropping out (his dropping out speech). He will not endorse Trump. Trump can not win with the working class Whites.
        Keep in mind half of the White GOP are cucks.

        Cruz is looking out for his “Ethnic Genetic interests”, I’d bet.

        • Stary Wylk

          “Trump can not win with the working class Whites.”

          Although retired, I consider myself working class. He has my vote so far.

        • Another William Playfair Web

          Star Wylk-
          I meant that they weren’t enough to win him the whole shabang.

    • Gay State Girl

      I just want to see the trumpeters wallow in their misery, when President Trump backtracks on everything on his first day in office.

      Trump’s legacy will shine far brighter if he is denied the nomination or becomes a martyr (Gay State Dad’s theory.)

      • Another William Playfair Web

        They’ll have no choice but to nominate him, but that’s actually ironically probably best for his Ego and his legacy 🙂
        They’ll just lay low, try to keep the Senate under wraps (GOP Senators from Hispanic states, like John McCain will distance themselves).

        It’s damage control for the RNC from here on out.

  8. Gay State Girl

    The honorable https://twitter.com/dick_nixon seems to think otherwise. He keeps insisting Kasich’s gonna weasel his way in. Maybe Dicky knows something we don’t. Maybe he’s in on the assassination plot that Gay State Dad has been theorizing about for months. GSD keeps saying that Obama is gonna pardon Sirhan Sirhan to do the dirty work.

    • Another William Playfair Web

      I know pretty much one security expert (now private) who is pretty confident that he will be physically prevented from ever taking office.
      Now whether that involves Sirhan Sirhan I don’t really know…..

      • Gay State Girl

        Who is that? In Maryland?

        • Another William Playfair Web

          Army Vet in W.V.

          Humans have built civilization (whether you want to accredit it to whites or not is a matter of personal tastes, or whatever), and we are not going to let it be destroyed by a stark-raving mad Orange Haired Ape, who with a few pushes of buttons can wipe out the vast majority of the Earth’s population.
          It doesn’t work that way.
          People think I’m naive to say Trump is mentally ill, but it’s not a cultural marxist lie, just you wait.

          Trump is a reality show host, he didn’t intend to win. He appeared almost in shock this evening. He may drop out for “health reasons” or something….lol.

          This is international now;
          Netanyahu, Xi Jingping, Enrico Pena, Angela Merkel, David Cameron, Raul Castro, Pabil Patil, PM Abe, and others will be expressing their grave concern to President Obama within the next few days, just you watch.

        • Gay State Girl

          I’m only concerned as I believe he may have pursued the oral office so that he could use the government to punish his enemies. To be a Caesar figure to put it mildly…

  9. Jason Y

    A cynic could always say, “Well the price for having 1st world luxury, even for common people isn’t free.” Neocons understand this and make the USA pay the price. How could we possibly have a standard of living like we have without empire?

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