It’s Just Philosophy Until Someone Gets Hurt

by | Feb 28, 2006

As Iraq teters on the verge of Civil War–a condition, we can be certain, the Bush team never planned for–a principal architect of the adminisration’s foreign policy has come out (in a book) against the very ideas he once championed.


Neoconservativism has failed the United States and needs to be replaced by a more realistic foreign policy agenda, according to one of its prime architects.


Francis Fukuyama, who wrote the best-selling book The End of History and was a member of the neoconservative project, now says that, both as a political symbol and a body of thought, it has “evolved into something I can no longer support”. He says it should be discarded on to history’s pile of discredited ideologies.

In an extract from his forthcoming book, America at the Crossroads, Mr Fukuyama declares that the doctrine “is now in shambles” and that its failure has demonstrated “the danger of good intentions carried to extremes”.

In its narrowest form, neoconservatism advocates the use of military force, unilaterally if necessary, to replace autocratic regimes with democratic ones.

A former State Deparment official, Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on democratization and international political economy.