The reaction of certain left-wing pundits to Russia’s invasion of Georgia would be amusing if it weren’t so pathetic. Instead of exercising their rhetorical skills to denounce this flagrant violation of international law—haven’t they noticed that Russia made no attempt to win UN authorization for its actions?—they are instead fulminating that some might dare to compare Russian aggression to the past aggression of Germany or the Soviet Union.
Thus our old friend Joe Klein—last seen denouncing “Jewish neoconservatives” who were supposedly putting Israel’s interests first—now apparently thinks that these same neocons are selling out our interests to Georgia, of all countries. (Perhaps Bob Kagan’s name was originally Kaganili?) Sayeth Klein: “it is important, yet again, to call out the endless neoconservative search for new enemies, mini-Hitlers.” And he links approvingly to a post by Matt Yglesias who “picks up on the same neoconservative Naziphilia at his new blog site.”
It turns out that the ranks of the neocons are broader than even Klein and his ilk have suspected. There is, in fact, a new convert. This foreign policy analyst says:
Unfortunately, Putin is putting Russia on a course that is ominously similar to Stalin’s and Hitler’s in the late 1930s. Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has correctly drawn an analogy between Putin’s “justification” for dismembering Georgia — because of the Russians in South Ossetia — to Hitler’s tactics vis a vis Czechoslovakia to “free” the Sudeten Deutsch.
The name of this “neocon”? None other than Zbigniew Brzezinski, who usually denounces “neocon” influence in terms vitriolic enough to satisfy even Joe Klein.