Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Our intervention in Libya makes the definition clearer than ever

Recently, my father suggested that it might be helpful if I explained what the term "neoconservative" means. "A lot of people don't know," he said. As usual, dad was right. I mentally filed away my father's suggestion, agreeing that an explanation of "neoconservative" might be helpful when the time was right. And now — as the American intervention in Libya has drawn a clearer line between neoconservatives and conventional Republicans than any event in recent memory — the time is right.

The "neocons" believe that American greatness is measured by our willingness to be a great power and that we accomplish that through a virtually unlimited global military involvement. As a result, the problems that other nations are experiencing become our own.

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