The National Interest‘s website features an article by senior editor Jacob Heilbrunn analyzing President Obama’s support from leading neoconservatives on his escalation of the War in Afghanistan:
President Obama, who pledged to bring bipartisanship to Washington, appears to have found one new ally on the Right: neoconservatives. On Tuesday, at the Mayflower Hotel, William Kristol and Robert Kagan held a maiden conference on Afghanistan to announce the formation of a new organization called the Foreign Policy Initiative. Speakers included John McCain and Jane Harman…The thrust of the conference was to support Obama’s pledge to ramp up the fight in Afghanistan — according to Fred Kagan, he, Obama, is sure to come under fire in the future for doing so — and to suppress any latent isolationist impulses that might manifest themselves in coming months and years…
Neoconservatism began as a movement within the Democratic Party. Jeane Kirkpatrick remained a Democrat during Reagan’s first term. It was only with Reagan that other neocons signed on to the GOP. With the younger generation of neocons, such as Kristol, matters were a little different. They were never Democrats. Nevertheless, they occupied a somewhat ambiguous position in the party. In the 1990s, Kagan was closer to Bill Clinton’s foreign policy of intervention in the Balkans than he was to anti-interventionists among the Republicans in Congress. Ditto for Kristol.
What’s more, the Iraq War saw the formation of a de facto alliance between liberal hawks, on the one side, and neocons, on the other. They are conjoined twins. Might that alliance, then, be replicated in the Obama administration?