Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Death Of Neoconservatism

Oh, that's not my declaration - it's the opinion of Francis Fukuyama:

"The most basic misjudgment was an overestimation of the threat facing the United States from radical Islamism," he argues.

"Although the new and ominous possibility of undeterrable terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction did indeed present itself, advocates of the war wrongly conflated this with the threat presented by Iraq and with the rogue state/proliferation problem more generally."

Mr Fukuyama, one of the US's most influential public intellectuals, concludes that "it seems very unlikely that history will judge either the intervention [in Iraq] itself or the ideas animating it kindly".

Going further, he says the movements' advocates are Leninists who "believed that history can be pushed along with the right application of power and will. Leninism was a tragedy in its Bolshevik version, and it has returned as farce when practised by the United States".

Well then, OK. If this actually means anything in the short term, I'd be surprised, as administration insiders who offer criticism has not yet been effective at all in actually effecting changes.

Now, on the other hand, the impending social breakdown in Iraq might actually force some people to pay attention to what's going on.

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