I meant to post on this much earlier, but Allen McDuffee has an excellent piece on the continuing influence of neocons in Washington. It’s a story as old as think tanks themselves: take a simplistic idea, pay a few well-connected sociopaths to pimp the idea, give the sociopaths titles like “D. C. Searle Senior Fellow”, and voila — Kaplan opinion pieces, appearances on CNN, in short you have a ghastly mess.
“These younger neoconservatives have generally received their first internships and jobs, and published their first articles in the old network of friendly think tanks and publications built by the older generation of neoconservatives.”
And it won’t be long until Luke Russert and Jenna Bush and Andrea Koppel tell us what serious people these new neocons are!