Monthly Archives: January 2009

Will Obama Bring Home the Neocons? | Wall Street Journal

“Neoconservative” and “neocon” have become terms of abuse, denoting right-wing extremism. But the original neoconservatives began mostly as left-leaning intellectuals who only deserted the Democratic Party after it fell under the influence of the counterculture during the Vietnam War. With Barack Obama about to become president, is there any chance neoconservatives will finally return to the roost?

A month or two ago, the question would have seemed preposterous. Mr. Obama, after all, was the most left-wing member of the U.S. Senate — not to mention a former pal of Weatherman Bill Ayers and other extremists. Yet in his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama picked up a number of high-profile conservative endorsements, among them the late William F. Buckley’s son, Christopher, columnist Kathleen Parker, and Reagan foreign-policy hand Kenneth Adelman. If Mr. Obama governs as smartly as he has campaigned — and the signs suggest he will — he stands to make further inroads.

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A Mushrooming Problem | Wall Street Journal

The U.S. detonated the first atomic bomb on July 16, 1945, in a New Mexico desert. But the tremendous effort leading to the successful test was very much an international affair. A striking fact is that more than three-quarters of the senior scientists laboring in the heavily guarded wartime facility at Los Alamos were not born in this country. Even the Soviet Union — as Thomas C. Reed and Danny B. Stillman remark sardonically in “The Nuclear Express,” a history of nuclear proliferation — had their “representatives” present at the creation. With such a multifarious cast of characters in close attendance, it is no wonder that, like furies emerging from Pandora’s box, the lethal technology began to spread uncontrollably at the very dawn of the atomic age. Continue reading

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