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Return of the neocons

They're back—and as intolerant of their opponents as ever

By Matthew Wolfson  

Chris Christie

Career politicians tend to make quick comebacks. So do bad ideas. Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, ambitious and influential conservatives are again talking about policy imperatives and immediate threats to the republic. They come armed with a potent combination of reductive realism, fervent institutionalism and high moralism. We are back, in other words, with the neoconservatives.

In a recent issue of The New Republic, Senator John McCain, moderate maverick turned populist presidential candidate turned aspiring elder statesman, referred to…

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