Edward Luce sounds the alarm: The neocons are back vying for a seat in the White House by Political Cynic

At the utterly respectable Financial Times, Mr. Edward Luce's latest essay sounds the alarm at the possibility of the election of Mitt Romney to the office of President. It isn't so much the completely pliable politics of Mr. Romney, to put it most charitably, that worries Mr. Luce, but the political company he keeps :John Bolton, Richard Williamson, a former Bush official,Dan Senor, Cofer Black, the former CIA counter-terrorism chief and senior executive at Blackwater, Nile Gardiner, Walid Phares, Mr Zoellick, Steven Hadley. It looks like a collection of what an optimist or an unimaginative political centrist  might refer to as seasoned bureaucrats, with a high degree of experience in their respective specialties. But for Mr. Luce this collection of policy experts signal the return of the Neo-Conservative heyday of the Bush Restoration. One could view this alarm as an endorsement of the more modest policies of President Obama: not the failed policies of invade and conquer, that loot the treasury; make more enemies than friends and at a high cost of American life. But the exploitation to the full of our use of drone warfare, to execute our enemies at long distance. Wed to this policy the ability to assassinate at will using 'surgical strike forces' as in the murder of bin Laden. I don't think that I'm reading too much into the Luce polemic. While one can see the record of murder and mendacity of the Neo-Cons, one can also see, in a telling moment of candor, that President Obama is a New Democrat just two or three paces behind his political rivals: in the name of state security, of political pragmatism, or,even, in the name of Niebuhr's Christian Realism? 
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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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