As Michael Lind pointed out in a brilliant essay published by The Nation almost exactly four years ago, Winston Churchill has been an icon of neo-conservatism for as long as it has existed. Thus, when the neo-conservatives had more confidence in George W. Bush â€” particularly on the eve of the Iraq invasion and immediately after â€” they had no hesitation in comparing him to their hero, particularly because they knew that thatâ€™s how Bush himself has conceived his own historical role vis-a-vis â€œIslamo-fascismâ€ in it many forms and that flattery can be very helpful in influencing the president.
So, itâ€™s no surprise that, in their rush to ingratiate themselves with John McCain â€” with whom, as Iâ€™ve noted in a recent post, they already have strong ties anyway â€” they are now comparing him to the Great Man. In an article entitled â€œThe Model for McCain?â€ that appeared on the Weekly Standardâ€™s website last week, Michael Makovsky, a Churchill biographer who previously worked in Douglas Feithâ€™s intelligence manipulation office and is now â€” bizarrely enough â€” the foreign policy director of the â€œBipartisan Policy Centerâ€ â€” points out the many fascinating similarities between Churchill and McCain, concluding that, while â€œMcCain certainly has not reached Churchillâ€™s heights, â€¦he can legitimately claim to be the most Churchillian among the Republicans of his day.â€ The courtship is well underway.
Michael is the younger brother of David Makovsky, the director of the Washington Institute for Near Policy (WINEP). He also played a key role in re-â€organizingâ€ Iraqâ€™s oil sector during the initial phases of the occupation.
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