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By Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama’s feedback of the Iraq conflict placed him at odds with neoconservative neighbors either inside of and out of doors the Bush management. right here he explains how, in its determination to invade Iraq, the Bush management failed in its stewardship of yankee overseas coverage. First, the management wrongly made preventive conflict the principal guideline of its international coverage. additionally, it badly misjudged the worldwide response to its workout of “benevolent hegemony.” and at last, it didn't savor the problems concerned with large-scale social engineering, grossly underestimating the problems inquisitive about setting up a winning democratic executive in Iraq.
Fukuyama explores the competition through the Bush administration’s critics that it had a neoconservative time table that dictated its overseas coverage throughout the president’s first term.  offering a desirable historical past of the various strands of neoconservative proposal because the Thirties, Fukuyama argues that the movement’s legacy is a fancy one who can be  interpreted really another way than it used to be after the tip of the chilly struggle. studying the Bush administration’s miscalculations in responding to the post–September eleven problem, Fukuyama proposes a brand new method of American international coverage wherein such error could be grew to become around—one during which the good points of the neoconservative legacy are joined with a extra sensible view of how American energy can be utilized round the world.   

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But the second reason for this convergence was that many neoconservatives began adopting domestic policy positions of traditional conservatives. It is safe to say that there was no natu­ ral affinity between the original views of the CCNY'/Public Inter­ est crowd—most started out, after all, as socialists—and the free 38 The Neoconservative Legacy 19 market conservatism of Ronald Reagan. And yet by the 1980s most neoconservatives had made their peace with American cap­ italism: they were not true believers like the followers of Ludwig von Mises or Friedrich Hayek, but they never put a critique of market capitalism at the top of their agenda.

The issue of nuclear proliferation was linked, in Wohlstetter's 2 3 The Neoconservative Legacy mind, with that of extended deterrence. For though it might be conceivable that a world with many nuclear states might be made stable through mutual deterrence, this would not happen unless those states achieved secure second-strike capabilities. Small, nas­ cent nuclear forces were much more likely to promote instability by tempting opponents to preemptive measures. It is not clear whether Albert Wohlstetter ever came to regard himself as a neoconservative, but he and his students merged more or less seamlessly with this movement because of his dark view of the threat posed by the Soviet Union.

Elizabeth Drew explained in the New York Review of Books that "the neoconserva­ tives . . " Many commentators pointed to the fact that several prominent propo­ nents of the Iraq war, like Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, and Richard Perle, were Jewish, and argued that the Iraq policy was ultimately designed to make the Middle East safe for Israel. " 1 Much of this literature is factually wrong, animated by ill will, and a deliberate distortion of the record of both the Bush admin­ istration and its supporters.

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