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    US hardliners do not seem to be particularly happy with Donald Trump's unexpected rise. Experts say, the hawks "are terrified" of becoming irrelevant should the bombastic billionaire move into the White House following the November presidential election.

    "The neocons are essentially afraid of becoming dispensable, shall we say, if there is a change in the administration," former CIA counterterrorism specialist and military intelligence officer Philip Giraldi told the Liberty Report.

    Political analyst Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity echoed this sentiment.

    "None of us know what [Trump] would do, frankly, [if he is elected], but it seems to me as if the neocons are panicking because they feel that they don't have a 100-percent certainty that they will be in the driver's seat," he noted. "There is a little bit of a question that something might change come election time."  

    Giraldi further observed that neocons are wary of Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, and Donald Trump because both are not supported by their parties' establishment. It follows then that they could radically change America's foreign policy – something US hawks strongly object to.

    Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton
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    Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton

    "One of the interesting things about the neocons is that they've managed to infiltrate both parties. They stress their relations with the GOP, which, of course, are pervasive. They have basically defined foreign policy for the Republicans for at least the last twenty years," he explained.

    But neocons also hold sway over the Democrats, he added.

    Hillary Clinton, according to Giraldi, is "basically" a neocon and several neocons worked for her at the State Department. "And a number of leading neoconservatives are indicating that they are going to vote for her."

    "So [neocons] have this bipartisan ability to shape foreign policy. Their trick of course is to have both sides covered," he added.

    Some neocons, like Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the US State Department Victoria Nuland or American historian Robert Kagan, will be advising Hillary Clinton, while others will be on Team Trump in the coming months.


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