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The Emerging Clinton/Neocon Alliance on Foreign Policy

As I have previously said, Hillary is now the most right-wing candidate on foreign policy and trade, with Trump in the center, and Sanders moving the conversation to the left of the Democrats. A number of important articles have recently emerged documenting this.

Philip Giraldi at The American Conservative discusses the role that Victoria Nuland will likely play in the Clinton administration. Nuland’s husband is the uber-neocon Robert Kagan who has moved towards the Hillary camp and is currently pushing the “Trump is a fascist” line of the Left. Ross Douthat at The New York Times describes how Clinton is moving the Democrats to the right while Trump is moving the Republicans to the Left. Here’s the money quote from Douthat:

In a fully-Trumpized G.O.P., Reagan’s ideological coalition would crack up, with hawks drifting toward the Democrats, supply-siders fading into crankery, religious conservatives entering semi-permanent exile. And in its place a Trumpized Republican intelligentsia would arise, with as little interest in Reaganism as today’s conservatives have in the ideas of Nelson Rockefeller or Jacob Javits.

The recent comments from Marine Le Pen on Clinton are also interesting.

It really does appear that the convergence I predicted nearly ten years ago (see here and here) of neoconservative foreign policy views, neoliberal economics, left-liberal identity politics, progressive nanny statism, and an all-encompassing police statism is now happening the form of Hillary Clinton. The only thing I really got wrong is that it turned out to be Hillary rather than Rudy Giuliani as the central figure around which this convergence developed. I suspect popular disgust with the Bush administration prevented a Republican like Giuliani from being the symbolic figure representing such a convergence, and the convergence may have been delayed a few years by the smiley faced “hope and change” malarkey of the Obama Democrats which found a niche in reaction to the Bush Republicans.

Another interesting factor in all of this is the growing divide in the Democratic Party between the Clinton and Sanders camps. A Clinton/neocon alliance would essentially mean that the left and right wings of mainstream US politics would be located in the Democratic Party, with the Trump-led Republicans representing the popular-center (albeit with a right-wing populist current as part of its constituency). This would be a tense, uneasy, and likely impermanent state of affairs. If the Sanders followers are able to push the Democrats further to the Left where the Democrats begin to resemble the Greens or the Democratic Socialists of America, the neocons and neoliberals around Clinton might well go back to the Republicans. In such a scenario, the Republicans really would begin to look like present day Clinton Democrats which would likely have the effect of pushing the Trumpians further leftward on economic and foreign policy issues where they begin to look even more like the National Front of France. The result would be what America would look like if it had three major parties, one resembling the the Green parties of Europe, one consisting of neoliberals in the vein of Tony Blair’s “New Labour” or Francois Holland’s Socialists, and a nationalist party similar to those in Europe. A big question would be whether or not the two-party system could survive such a realignment, or whether there would be a split into three or four parties, one social democratic/Green, one neoliberal/neoconservative, one populist-nationalist, and perhaps one socially conservative.

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