Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Slipping the Neocon Sucker Punch by Donald Devine

Even some neocons have seen the need to set the U.S. mission as something less than bringing America-like democracy to the whole world. As early as last summer, no less than Francis Fukuyama had declared the end of the "neoconservative moment" in the face of the hard realities of turning Iraq into a functioning democracy, calling for a more realistic standard for disengagement. Even Charles Krauthammer, who before 9/11 had his realist moments but had then turned full-bore to world democratization, last year called for "democratic realism" as opposed to "democratic globalism."

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