US Republican presidential candidates have been advocating Zionist and neoconservatives policies which promote an interventionist foreign policy around the world, a former US Senate candidate says.
However, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is somewhat of an exception to this neocon policy, said Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster and pastor in San Antonio, Texas.
“Trump has been saying some things in this campaign that indicates that he’s less comfortable with the neoconservative and Zionist position in foreign policy than historically his record would indicate,” Dankof told Press TV on Saturday.
“Virtually everyone else running on the Republican side of the ledger has taken the neoconservative, pro-Zionist, pro-Israel point of view all the way down the line,” he added.
Trump, who has never held elected office, is leading the race despite the fact that his campaign has been marked by controversial statements, including with disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants and Muslims.
After an extensive review of neoconservative literature and theory, John McGowan, a professor of humanities at the University of North Carolina, says US neoconservatives have been attempting to build an American Empire, seen as successor to the British Empire.
However, as imperialism is largely considered unacceptable by the American media, neoconservatives do not articulate their ideas and goals in a frank manner in public discourse, McGowan states.
Neoconservatives also support Israel unconditionally and have a close alliance with the regime’s right-wing Likud Party.
Former Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has been a longtime critic of neoconservativism as an attack on freedom and the US Constitution.
In October, 2011, Paul made an extensive speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives, addressing neoconservative beginnings and how neoconservatism is neither new nor conservative.