From Common Dreams:
Hillary Clinton is reaching out to Republican elites—including fellow former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Henry Kissinger—to support her campaign over Donald Trump’s, suggesting a growing alliance between Clinton and neoconservatives, according to Politico.
Clinton’s charm offensive comes amid a growing public rift between the Republican party and its own nominee. The backlash against Trump has seen numerous high-profile Republicans defecting to the Democrats and explicitly denouncing Trump’s suitability for office. At a fundraiser for ‘foreign policy professionals’ in July, prominent neoconservative Robert Kagan told attendees that “a majority of people in my circle will vote for Hillary.”
Much of the Clinton team’s push for support means portraying her as the safe bet for national security against Trump’s loose-cannon ways. Politico reports:
Clinton has sought to capitalize on the broader discontent in GOP circles. Her campaign released an ad Friday that featured a number of conservative voices, including former CIA Director Michael Hayden, questioning Trump’s abilities. The ad was released the same day that former acting CIA Director Michael Morell, who has worked for both Republican and Democratic administrations, published an op-ed endorsing Clinton and casting Trump as a national security threat.
As for why the neocons support Clinton so emphatically, J.P. Sottle writes at Consortium News:
[S]he’s weaponized the State Department. She really likes regime change. And her nominating convention not only embraced the military, but it sanctified the very Gold Star families that neocon-style interventionism creates.
As journalist Rania Khalek recently reported for The Intercept:
The Clinton-neocon partnership was solidified by Trump becoming the Republican nominee. But their affinity for each other has grown steadily over time.
The neoconservative Weekly Standard celebrated Clinton’s 2008 appointment as secretary of state as a victory for the right, hailing …