Ed Driscoll

THAT PESKY NEOCON EPITHET

Whenever I see anyone outside of National Review, The Weekly Standard, or a handful of other publications who have some working knowledge of the right use the word “neocon”, I get suspicious. It isn’t always anti-Semitic, but all-too-often, it’s code for it. Lawrence F. Kaplan of The New Republic writes:

One of my colleagues and I have a running bet: Who can find the dumbest reference to ‘neoconservatism’? Until last week, the honor was Tina Brown’s. In a Washington Post piece last year, she recalled ‘the New Deal for which neocons of the ’30s bitterly reviled FDR as ‘that man”–the problem, of course, being that ‘neocons’ did not emerge until 30 years after FDR’s death, and the movement’s founders vigorously supported the New Deal. But, in a new play, Embedded (opening later this week at New York’s Public Theater), film star and director Tim Robbins outdoes even Tina Brown. Embedded, moreover, is not only dumb. It is poisonous, a production-length conspiracy theory guilty of the very sins it attributes to the ‘cabal’ that it claims to expose.

Read the whole thing, before pacifist Robbins threatens to “find” and “hurt” you, as he did a Washington Post reporter last year.