Last month, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) gave voice to neocons in a report titled “‘He and Putin Seemed to Be Speaking From the Same Script’: Trump Draws Fire From Both Sides of the Aisle.”
The CBN report was obviously disgruntled at U.S. President Donald Trump meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. And it did not choose Christian voices to express their views about this meeting. It chose neocon voices, including the main neocons in the U.S. policy: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
According CBN, McCain condemned Trump, saying he delivered “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”
Graham called it a “missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable.”
It was clear that making peace or a partnership with Russia goes against neocon interests.
The problem is that to give voice to neocons is incompatible to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By their own warmongering nature, neocons are incapable of peace. In contrast, Ronald Reagan, who faced the Soviet Union (which was communist and atheistic), sought peace whenever was possible. Now Russia has much more conservative stances. If Reagan was not demonized for seeking peace with an anticonservative Soviet Union, why demonize Trump for seeking peace and partnership with a conservative Russia?
McCain and Graham traditionally and consistently demonize Russia and praise the military industrial complex.
According to the Foreign Policy magazine, the military industrial complex “is a huge driver of U.S. jobs and economic growth. In 2017 alone, it generated $865 billion, supporting 2.4 million high-paying American jobs. The industry produced a positive trade balance of $86 billion in 2017, the largest of any U.S. industry.”
So the most profitable industry today in the U.S. is the military industrial complex, and its financial power successfully influences politicians and their politics, including the foreign policy and military adventures and interventionism.
Militaristic greed is moving the U.S. foreign policy. Greed is not a Christian virtue. It is a demonic vice.
Yet, instead of condemning McCain and Graham for their warmongering and exposing their demonic vice and militaristic greed, CBN gave them full voice. And this is very troubling, because when tricky journalists cannot express their radical views openly, they choose other voices to speak for them. This is what I call journalistic ventriloquism.
So have CBN used McCain and Graham to express their own neocon views? The name “John McCain” has brought ominous signs of judgement.
Why did CBN choose to give voice to neocons McCain and Graham? Who are neocons?
The Conservapedia defines “neocon” as:
“A neoconservative (also spelled ‘neo-conservative’; colloquially, neocon) in American politics is someone presented as a conservative but who actually favors big government, interventionism, and a hostility to religion in politics and government. The word means ‘newly conservative,’ and thus formerly liberal. A neocon is a RINO Backer, and like RINOs does not accept most of the important principles in the Republican Party platform. Neocons do not participate in the March for Life, nor stand up for traditional marriage, advocate other conservative social values, or emphasize putting America first. Neocons support attacking and even overthrowing foreign governments, despite how that often results in more persecution of Christians. Some neocons (like Dick Cheney) have profited immensely from the military-industrial complex. Many neocons are globalists and support the War on Sovereignty.”
To understand more about neocons, read: What Is Neoconservatism? Who are the Neocons?
Neocons attack Russia, even now that Russia is conservative, because they need a bogeyman to justify their perpetual wars, and even when there are no wars, they need to provoke some! They do not accept Saudi Arabia as such bogeyman, because the Saudi dictators are useful for their geopolitical militaristic greed, even though Saudi Arabia deserves all kind of punishment and sanctions for the 9/11 terror attacks, launched by 15 Islamic Saudis. The U.S. government has no courage to confront Saudis and their neocon allies.
There are several U.S. evangelical ministers who know the perils and threats from neocons, and CBN is in dire need of giving them voice. Because they love America, they oppose neocons and their perpetual greedy wars.
A nation protects its own borders. An empire deploys its troops to “protect” the borders of far-away nations and meddle in their wars. George Washington did the former. The current US does the latter.
While the U.S. keeps troops in the Middle East to protect Saudi interests and their bloody Islamic dictatorship, the U.S. borders are in dire need of U.S. troops for protection. The U.S. troops are not where they should be and they are where they should never be.
Jewish author Ilana Mercer has argued that “Inviting an invasion by foreigners and instigating one against them are two sides of the same neoconservative coin.” She views neoconservatives as having corrupted the constitutionally-prescribed use of the American military, employing it as a force “to patrol the borders of Kosovo, Korea, and Kurdistan” while “our own borders remain perilously porous.”
These “conservative poseurs,” Mercer notes, seek to remake America into “a disparate people, forced together by an abstract, highly manipulable, coercive, state-sanctioned ideology,” in effect, a “propositional nation” that overrides the traditional nation in which Americans shared language, customs, faith, and culture.
Mercer contends that “President Trump has normalized neoconservatism” in a manner reminiscent of “Bill Clinton’s triangulation tactics.”
In 2016, both liberals and conservatives accused candidate Trump of isolationism and of being anti-neocon. Their consistent complaints prevailed: Today both the left and the right, argues Mercer, can hardly object to President Trump’s foreign policy interventionism.
Mercer warns that “with neoconservatism normalized, there is no debate, disagreement or daylight between America’s dangerously united political factions.”
Concurred with Mercer, the Conservapedia says:
Despite campaigning against endless foreign wars and a humanitarian-based foreign policy that promotes democracy, President Donald Trump appointed several internationalists and neoconservatives to his administration, including H.R. McMaster, who removed conservatives from the National Security Council. While some conservatives saw figures such as John Bolton and Mike Pompeo as also being neocons, they both see U.S. foreign policy as something that should benefit the U.S. first and foremost, and they reject democracy promotion and nation-building.
Alex Jones has claimed that neo-conservatives, as part of a deep state, have been fighting a civil war inside the United States Government in order to gain control of the government and influence President Donald Trump — himself, Paul Joseph Watson, and David Knight also claimed this throughout Infowars segments, and that the recent missiles launched against Assad were a result of the neo-conservatives attempting to control Donald Trump.
The military industrial complex profited $865 billion in 2017, but these profits do not include human loses: U.S. young men being used for war games and Christians being slaughtered in the trail of U.S. military interventions. While lives are lost, neocons fill their pockets.
Obviously, Trump was won after consistent pressure. But how evangelical leaders could help Trump against such hellish pressure if even they have given voice to neocons? How could CBN help Trump against neocons if CBN has given in to them?
U.S. Christians need the same anti-neocon vision Trump showed magnetically in 2016, but that he was unable to keep because of the power of neocons.
Christians have a higher power, and they should employ such power to confront and defeat the neocon ideology, which is as evil as Marxism is.
I urge CBN and U.S. evangelical leaders to seek the higher vision and power from God against the demonic vice and warmongering greed of neocons.
With information from CBN, Foreign Policy, Conservapedia and Wikipedia.
Portuguese version of this article: Dar voz aos neocons é enfraquecer a voz profética da Igreja
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