neo·​con | \ ˈnē-ō-ˌkän How to pronounce neocon (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Is his American Sniper a hunk of jingoistic propaganda or a mythic deconstruction of the same, neocon pandering or one of the more enigmatic anti-war films to emerge from the War of Terror? Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 13 Dec. 2019 For too long, the debate has focused on the paleocon and neocon positions, ignoring the question of whether there remains a Republican center on foreign policy. Michael Auslin, National Review, "Colin Dueck Makes the Case for Conservative Nationalism," 5 Nov. 2019 But Fukuyama seems to have finally made a break from the profound cultural pessimism of the Straussian neocons. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Fukuyama’s Inner Civic Republicanism (Part 1)," 17 Oct. 2019 Krauthammer spent his political youth as a liberal-ish speechwriter for Walter Mondale and ended up a neocon on Fox News. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Trump Clarification Syndrome," 23 Aug. 2019 Since November 8, 2016, in ever-evolving Democratic dogma, Russia has gone from a quaint obsession of neocon warmongers to an existential threat on the order of Climate Change! Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Democrats Are the True Election Meddlers," 15 Aug. 2019 Positioning the United States behind the rest, Trump portrayed America as a humiliated, subjugated dupe—and gave a new, more dynamic rationale to a stale neocon agenda. The New York Review of Books, "Stephen Wertheim," 2 Jan. 2019 Late in the play, Strand introduces a third character, Brad (Brett Mack), a neocon who mostly is there to try to destroy Cat in a way that her gentler boss would not countenance. Chris Jones,, "'The Originalist' at Court Theatre has a tricky job in portraying Antonin Scalia," 21 May 2018 The radical strain, associated with the neocons, called for a universal democratization, by force if need be. Keith Gessen, New York Times, "The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio," 8 May 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Neocon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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