March 12, 2007
The Education of George W. Bush

Amy Goodman interviews Andrew Cockburn on his new book, Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy:

Goodman: In 2006, you write that George W. Bush said to his father, “What’s a neocon?”

Cockburn: That’s right. One of the rare moments of sort of communication between the two. Bush said to — they were out at Kennebunkport, and Bush Jr. says, “Can I ask you a question? What’s a neocon?” And the father says, “Do you want names or a description?” The President says, “I’ll take a description.”

He says, “I’ll give it to you in one word: Israel,” which is interesting on all sorts of levels, including the confirmation that our president doesn’t really read the newspapers.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 12, 2007 04:36 PM
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My theory is that most of the original neo-cons turned away from liberalism when their efforts in the civil rights movement were not just unappreciated but rewarded with hostility when so many blacks in the sixties started in with the antisemitism. So the hell with those ingrates, and the hell with liberalism, too. We're turning into Soldier Jews and our only friend from now on is Israel. Simplified I know, but I think that's one element to it.

Posted by: Duff Orben on March 12, 2007 11:23 PM
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