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    2016 Race: Hillary Clinton the Candidate of Neo-Conservative War Hawks

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    Arch neoconservative Republican pundit Robert Kagan is surprisingly (or not) hosting a major fundraiser not for the Republicans but for Hillary Clinton.

    Journalist and policy analyst Gareth Porter told Radio Sputnik's Brian Becker that he was not surprised when he learned that the founder of the neoconservative think tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC) is now supporting the presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

    "Reality is that Kagan has been close to Hillary for a long time," Porter said, during a Loud & Clear broadcast. "Furthermore, Kagan is well entrenched with the pro-military think tank Center for a New American Security, which is co-founded by the woman who is considered to be the leading candidate for Secretary of Defense under Hillary Clinton administration."

    ​Neoconservatives, who dominated the administration of US President George W. Bush, may be demonized by the left for their support of the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, Porter admitted. But, he argued, their hyper-interventionist position is not unacceptable among leftists who "fancy themselves to be national security analysts," and "who are interested in American power in the world." And, to many observers, Hillary Clinton is clearly one of these people.

    "When she started running for Senator, she became almost automatically a centrist, and therefore was aligned with the viewpoint of the Kaganites, the neoconservatives, on Iraq, and ever since then has been very willing to collaborate and work very closely with Kagan and the neoconservatives." Porter said.

    He also noted that Kagan is married to State Department official Victoria Nuland, known for escalating the conflict against Russia, the main voice in the Ukraine crisis, and one who distributed snacks to anti-government protesters on Maidan square in Kyiv. She is also quoted as saying that "a new day has arrived for Ukraine," after then-President Yanukovych was forced to flee the country in a coup.

    "Definitely, one has to be extremely concerned about the kind of foreign policy that would emerge toward Russia, should Nuland in fact be the Secretary of State," Porter warned. "This is something that I think deserves a great deal of scrutiny in the news media as we get into this campaign."

    He added that Clinton is much more extreme when it comes to foreign policy than Robert Gates, US Secretary of Defense in 2006-2011, who himself is a strong supporter of military force.

    "What is most concerning about a Hillary Clinton administration is precisely that she was the cheerleader not only for the intervention in Libya but even more significantly at this moment for a military commitment by the United States in Syria." Porter said.

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