Scooter Libby shows up for neoconservative foreign policy summit
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday April 1, 2009

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With the Democrats holding the presidency and majorities in Congress, neoconservatives find themselves out of power in Washington. In response, they have formed a new think-tank, the Foreign Policy Initiative, headed by two of the founders of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC).

PNAC was established by William Kristol and Robert Kagan in 1997 "to promote American global leadership," and it did just that for the next nine years, helping shape Bush administration foreign policy and loudly cheering on the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. However, according to Matt Duss, national security editor for ThinkProgress, the new venture is so far something of a disappointment.

Duss, who last week described Kristol and Kagan as "the Tick and Arthur of disastrously counterproductive military adventurism," apparently had high hopes when he attended FPI's first conference, billed as "Afghanistan: Planning For Success."

Perhaps the most positive thing Duss had to say about the conference was that "Scooter Libby showed up ... so that was exciting."

However, he discovered that the neocons are now largely supporting President Obama's Middle East policies -- differing only in that they would have liked to see even more troops sent to Afghanistan -- and never acknowledging that this runs entirely counter to their own earlier positions.

Duss complained to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Tuesday, "There's never really been any accountability for these guys, or any admission that any of their fantasies about transforming the world at the point of an American gun were kind of ridiculous. They've just kind of moved on to their new attempt to rebrand themselves as a bipartisan foreign policy organization protecting America from what what they seem to think is this rising tide of isolationism."

This video is from MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Mar. 31, 2009.

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