Firedoglake had Jacob Heilbrunn as a guest about two weeks ago, and I wish I had been up with the list -- I was present during most of the discussion, but the book was still in my pile, and I don't like asking questions about unread books. Heilbraunn's book is "They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neo-Cons" -- for some reason I though the discussion would be a week later.
Let me be clear here, I was born into this terribly odd corner of politics in the 30's. My Parents were members of Max Shachtmann's "Worker's Party" in the late 30's, which split from a faction of the Socialist Party, and then eventually became part of the Michael Harrington faction, well maybe yes and maybe no Democratic Socialist group. But quite unlike how Heilbrunn depicts the neo-con's during and before World War II as not at all concerned with the situation of Jews in Germany and Austria, in fact he is probably wrong, it was not as if they did not know the score. There was a profound bleed over from political ideology to practical action, and while Heilbrunn tracks quiet rightly the arguments of the CCNY boys in Alcove One right up to today's Neo-con think-tanks and journals, -- all he really does is describe, and leave it at that.
Heilbrunn leaves his book with an imagined 2016, with the Jeb Bush Restoration. How did the neo-con's manage to destroy American Foreign Policy, accept no blame, await time, and then later emerge with the prize? How did the little trot, minority marxist outfit in alcove one get control of US Foreign Policy?
My own sense is that the neo-cons took advantage of a vacume in serious American Foreign Policy debate. We need to comprehend what an absence of knowledge of the world and US policy created.