May 30, 2008


The end of a neo-con: FRANCIS Fukuyama is the American public intellectual who pronounced the end of history 19 years ago and was a neo-conservative, an idea and an ideology that both suggest he is out of date. (Mike Steketee, May 31, 2008, The Australian)

After the September 11 attacks, he and other prominent neo-conservatives signed a letter to Bush arguing for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. But he pulled back before the invasion in 2003, arguing that the US should seek UN Security Council support, that Iraq was the wrong target for combating terrorism and that the administration was underestimating the difficulty of establishing a stable democracy. Fukuyama recanted his neo-conservatism because he saw where it was leading.

Why was it, he asked, that the warnings the neo-cons made about the unintended consequences of social engineering in domestic policy were being ignored in the wholesale reconstruction they were attempting in Iraq?

These days, there are few sterner critics of the war. This is how he summed it up in my interview with him this week: "Even if it comes out right at the end, it was a tremendous waste of resources. We have invested so far five years worth of effort, 30,000 casualties, $1 trillion in overt expenses and probably another trillion in delayed expenses."

That chump change is too much to liberate a country of 21 million from a genocidal dictator and give them self-determination? Sorry, that sort of monstrous selfishness is unAmerican.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 30, 2008 9:02 PM

The Dems will say we could be spending that money on new/old social programs for the various identity groups in their party....

Posted by: RC at May 31, 2008 1:30 PM

Overthrowing a mass-murdering dictator is never a bad thing. BTW, where are the tears for the children in his mass graves? At least Saddam Hussein had a trial before he was hanged, which is more than his victims ever received.

Fear justice.

I agree with OJ that to do less is unAmerican. The cowboy in American myth is the knight-errant. Losing respect for the crusader, for Ivanhoe, was the worst casualty Europe suffered during the Great War. Fortunately Americans still respond to the call for a crusade - it is still in our blood. See 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic'.

Posted by: Mikey at June 1, 2008 12:48 PM