Progressive Leader Norman Solomon Slithers Into Bed With Neocon Leader Robert Kagan

by John V. Walsh

Norman Solomon betwixt the political sheets with Robert Kagan?  How could that be?  Has our political world turned upside down?

Driving south to Mountain View in my new home state of California, I tuned into KPFA, the Pacifica outlet in the Bay Area.  Norman Solomon, longtime prominent figure in Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and co-founder of “Roots Action” was being interviewed on a program called “Talkies.”  Just a few hours earlier Bernie Sanders had endorsed Hillary Clinton, betraying the millions who voted for him (and voted against her) and losing the respect of many millions more.

On air Solomon was commenting on the termination of Bernie Sanders’s milquetoast campaign against Hillary Clinton.  And he was contrasting Hillary unfavorably with Bernie in a very detailed way with lots of references to Hillary’s policies.  No personality analysis, no psychobabble. He mentioned that perhaps the most prominent neocon these days, Robert Kagan, was supporting Hillary Clinton for President.   Yes, the same Kagan who calls for ever more US wars in the Middle East and for confrontation with the second mightiest nuclear power, Russia.  Solomon pointed out quite correctly that Kagan had even said that Hillary shared his beliefs, but she would call them something other than neoconservatism.”

Then in almost the next breath Solomon called on Bernie’s followers to support Hillary for President.   No, not Jill Stein, but Hillary.

No sooner did he say that than a caller to the show got on air and asked a very pointed question.  The caller asked Solomon why he was throwing in with Robert Kagan.  Solomon seemed mystified. The caller reminded him that, by his own admission minutes before, he and Kagan were now backing the same candidate – Hillary.

Solomon promptly went berserk.  He quickly changed the subject since to Trump who was not mentioned by the caller.  Moreover, Solomon had no substantive comments on Trump, merely responding with psychobabble that Trump is “crazy.”  The KPFA host quickly shut the caller off before he could utter any more heresy.  (So much for real discussion on what passes for the media of the left these days.)

It may seem harsh on poor Norm to point out the sleazy company he is now keeping.  But facts are facts.  Both Norm and Robert Kagan will be supporting Hillary.  And the main reason for Kagan’s opposition to Trump is quite clear.  Trump is not a reliable warmonger.  Thus Trump is a threat to the further depredations of the US Empire and the machinations of Israel which Kagan so loves.

It is fully understandable for progressives to back Jill Stein.  It is a morally and ethically defensible position for a progressive – as is staying at home and not voting at all.  In that regard the Bernie or Bust people have been right on the money.  But backing a mass murderer like Hillary, who is intent on doing more of the same and threatens the whole human race with a bellicosity that may lead on to World War, is not morally defensible.

To be fair to Norm, he was not advocating a vote for Hillary in “safe states,” ie., states where she is sure to win, but “only” in states, where she needs every vote she can get.  In other words vote for Hillary wherever your vote will count.  Mr. Kagan would certainly rub his bloated hands in satisfaction with Solomon’s recommendation.

Some may feel that this is all very unfair to poor Norm and the many fake “progressive” leaders who will soon join him in embracing Kagan’s candidate, Hillary – if they have not already done so.  Watch for other “progressive” leaders to jump on board the Hillary bandwagon in the next few days and weeks.  Norm is not alone.  Progressives who do not like this kind of thing should speak up now and do so forcefully.

What makes such a position not only unethical but downright criminal is that Hillary has labeled Putin as “Hitler.”  You only do one thing with a Hitler.  You go to war with him.  So Hillary puts the entire human race at risk of nuclear conflict.  There is no greater evil than that.  Many people not just former DoD capo, William Perry, are pointing out that we are now closer to nuclear conflict than we have been since the Cuban Missile Crisis.  And Hillary is the most likely to get us into such an Armageddon.

So Norman, as a leader amongst progressives where are you and others like you taking them?

John V. Walsh can be reached at

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  • Mike

    Thanks for this perspective on the neoziohippiejew mafia running California.
    Equality for this witchyoni cult means accept that they are superior deciders
    of what community is, of what love is , and the only authorized deciders what reality is.
    ……and yes they are tied in to the ciajewsfirstalways spy/lie/kill if necessary network.
    See Jeff Gates ‘Guilt by Association’

    Bernie is not independent,Bernie is a poser and Palastinian Killer.
    Boycott these AmericanPigJews thaty suck Rothschild asshole.

  • Carl_Herman

    Thanks, Robert and John; important points for We the People to recognize the Left and Right arms of one rogue state political body.

    Until Americans take a few more steps to demand arrests of these War Criminals, bankster looters, and serial liars, all we’ll receive is similar bullshit claiming to be either “progressive” or “conservative.”

    • Eric Zuesse

      Indeed! That’s called “revolution.” Things are getting more and more dangerous every day. The danger-level is already matching that of revolution. If things get closer to nuclear war, the danger-level will already reach a lot higher even than that of revolution, and revolution might be relatively the lower danger. The American aristocracy’s brinksmanship has already proceeded much too far toward the brink. We don’t have much farther to go, before the brink will become the abyss.

  • ICFubar

    Where to start in describing what the Democratic Party actually represents, who its paymasters are and who it answers to and the purpose of such as the Sanders, Solomons and the Warrens of this world in this scheme. For that is exactly what the Democratic Party is a scheme. As for Pacifica Broadcasting, and all who toil there, it lost its soul when it sold its soul to the Soros’ conglomerate becoming another propaganda arm of the Democratic Party scheme, as a conspiracy to defraud the American electorate, Sanders, Solomon and Warren are just the bait and switch part of the sales operation, to those still gullible enough after all they’ve been through with this corporation to even contemplate buying, despite the under new management sign out front extolling better customer service for the umpteenth time.

    If one were a true progressive and is inclined to vote the only option is Jill Stein and the Greens if on the ballot or as a write in if you just have to vote come November.

  • Sarastro92

    What about Noam Chomsky? He says he’d vote for Killary in a heartbeat… (but then again has there ever been a Democratic Party candidate Chimpsky ever rejected?)

    But, yeah, just about every single, self-proclaimed liberal-progressive (save for Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader) endorses Killary. Remarkable.

    Clinton is unquestionably a first class war criminal by the standards of the Nuremberg
    tribunal. She’s had a major role sometimes a direct hand in the murder of at
    least 1 1/2 million people in the Middle East, the destruction of six nations
    and most of the region, And the generation of 65 million refugees so far

    Donald Trump has never been accused of so much as punching someone nose. Yes somehow
    he is the fascist and the actual murderous Lady Macbeth gets off as some kind
    of heroine. The same is true of deporting illegals. Obama has deported
    millions, more the all the other presidents combined. Yet he’s treated with
    saintly reverence. While Trump is portrayed as a craven fiend.

    Amazing propaganda coup. I can’t possibly vote for Trump, but the self-important, moral superior lib-progs is nauseating. They’re also smug and complacent, event as Trump is tying Clinton overall in recent polls and beating her outright in about half of the swing states.

  • June 22nd, 2016 “Hillary ready to storm Russia tomorrow”: Putin warns public of US elections outcome

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country faces a greater threat of war from Hillary Clinton becoming US President, as opposed to Donald Trump. Earlier, during a meeting with Aerospace Defense Forces (ADF) commanders, Putin gave a grim prediction about the US presidential elections: “If it’s Hillary Clinton, it’s war”, Putin’s decision to launch early missile warning system satellites from the Plesetsk Spaceport by the end of December, ahead of a new US president taking office in January, 2017, is in direct response to the Obama regimes activation of missile defense shields on the Russian periphery, including in Romania and Poland.

  • twinfishfour .

    Exposed! Bernie exposed. Solomon exposed. Good riddance.

    This is not a matter of ideological progressive purity, that was trash-canned a long time ago anyway, progressives have been in bed with corruption and criminality from the start.

    And its not like those of us left in the movement to end war and corporate criminality are ready to put our favorite social justice causes aside for even a single election cycle to save the constitution, the rule of law, due process, or any of most primal elements that should have defined at least one major political party from the first. But no, there is no group yet solidified that realizes that a great number, even of Trump supporters, heresy!, and Americans in general, realize that there are no mainstream media or Washington institutions left that can be trusted. It really is us, the majority, the productive mass of concerned citizens, against the insiders. These insiders have been documented, again and again, to have sold out to interests that are opposed to our own. There is only one candidate at this point, that I am aware of, who poses little threat to the interests of the majority of concerned citizens. She may have a few ideas that we would not have put at the front of our own agenda, but they are harmless, of no threat at all to the well being of the nation. Support and vote for Jill Stein. Make the trade offs and divisiveness of the Trump vs Hillary battle a sad memory. Institute electoral reform that prevents this kind of charade from repeating itself in another four years. Outlaw legalized bribery.

  • Eric Zuesse

    Anyone who would even consider to vote for Hillary Clinton is no progressive, but merely a ‘progressive’ fool who trusts the words of a proven liar, when her actual record shows she’s very far to the right (except on womens’ and minorities’ issues, which are the bait she offers to ‘progressive’ suckers).