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Where The Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted The Reagan Revolution and Hijacked The Bush Presidency

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2004 non fiction book by Patrick J. Buchanan

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Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Genre: History, Economics, Politics
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Date Published: August 12, 2004
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As usual Pat Buchanan gets right to the heart of the matter

  • Dec 13, 2008
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In my adult like there has never been a public figure with whom I agree on more issues than Patrick J. Buchanan. From his earliest days on CNN's "Crossfire" I almost always found his arguments to be well-informed, coherent, painfully honest and in most cases quite convincing. I find that his latest effort "Where The Right Went Wrong" continues in this tradition.

Right at the outset, Buchanan makes a compelling case that there was absolutely no justification for the United States to invade Iraq. He presents overwhelming evidence that a group of neo-conservative bureaucrats and thinkers succeeded in persuading this President of the wisdom of deposing Sadaam Hussein. He documents how well known and highly influential individuals with names like Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Donald Rumsfeld and others took advantage of the events of 9/11 to advance their extremely questionable agenda. Regrettably, President Bush bought their ideas lock, stock and barrel over the objections of both the Democrats and traditional conservatives like Pat Buchanan and now our nation finds itself in a real mess.

Where The Right Went Wrong" proceeds to discuss a number of other substantial issues that have been at the forefront of the neoconservative agenda. Since the early 1990's, Pat Buchanan has been warning Americans of the consequences of policies like open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens and so-called "Free trade". He courageously fought the adoption of both NAFTA and GATT and as a result lost a considerable amount of stature within the Republican party. Yet on each of these important issues the neocons won the day. We are now confronting the consequences of these ill-advised policies. Good paying jobs (my own wife's included) are going overseas at an alarming rate and our standard of living is in jeopardy. Most traditional conservative Republican voters I know just shake their heads and wonder why George W. Bush has chosen to go along with all of this. Given his dismal record I certainly did not think he merited re-election in 2004.  But given the nondescipt candidate offered by the Democrats the voters opted to give this guy a second chance.  What a disaster!  While "Where The Right Went Wrong" does a superb job of detailing all of the many problems we are facing as a result of this neocon coup d'etat, Pat Buchanan also goes the extra mile to recommend sensible ways to repair the damage and retreat from many of these ill-advised policies that have been thrust upon our nation. Although "Where The Right Went Wrong" is not the best book Pat Buchanan has written, it is an important one that is well worth your time and attention.  Keep in mind that this book was written back in 2004 so Pat Buchanan has certainly understood these compelling issues for a very long time.  Highly recommended!

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