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It's time to put the term 'neocon' out to pasture

It's time to put the term 'neocon' out to pasture

In interviews and on the stump, Sen. Ted Cruz likes to attack President Obama, Hillary Clinton and "some of the more aggressive Washington neocons" for their support of regime change in the Middle East.

Every time we topple a dictator, Cruz argues, we end up helping terrorists or extremists.

He has a point. But what interests me is his use of the word neocon. What does he really mean?

Some see dark intentions. "He knows that the term in the usual far-left and far-right parlance means warmonger, if not warmongering Jewish advisers, so it is not something he should've done," former Bush advisor Elliott Abrams told National Review. Another former Bush...