NeoCon allies desert Bush over Iraq

NeoCon allies desert Bush over Iraq
These are the right-wing intellectuals who demanded George Bush invade Iraq. Now they admit they got it wrong. Are you listening, Mr President?
Published: 09 March 2006
William Buckley Jnr


‘One can’t doubt the objective in Iraq has failed … Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an army of 130,000 Americans. Different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgement of defeat.’

Francis Fukuyama


‘By invading Iraq, the Bush administration created a self-fulfilling prophecy: Iraq has now replaced Afghanistan as a magnet, a training ground and an operational base for jihadists, with plenty of American targets to shoot at.’

Richard Perle


‘The military campaign and its political aftermath were both passionately debated within the Bush administration. It got the war right and the aftermath wrong We should have understood that we needed Iraqi partners.’

Andrew Sullivan


‘The world has learnt a tough lesson, and it has been a lot tougher for those tens of thousands of dead, innocent Iraqis … than for a few humiliated pundits. The correct response is not more spin but a sense of shame and sorrow.’

George Will


‘Almost three years after the invasion, it is still not certain whether, or in what sense, Iraq is a nation. And after two elections and a referendum on the constitution, Iraq barely has a government.’

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  • are we witnessing a change of tides or a bit of gutless backsliding. If it wasn’t for the blood of so many poor innocents it would almost be worth screaming “we told you so”.

    The Independent
    Rupert Cornwell: At last, the warmongers are prepared to face the facts and admit they were wrong
    Published: 09 March 2006

    It has taken more than three years, tens of thousands of Iraqi and American lives, and $200bn (£115bn) of treasure – all to achieve a chaos verging on open civil war. But, finally, the neo-conservatives who sold the United States on this disastrous war are starting to utter three small words. We were wrong.

    The second thoughts have spread across the conservative spectrum, from William Buckley, venerable editor of The National Review to Andrew Sullivan, once editor of the New Republic, now an influential commentator and blogmeister. The patrician conservative columnist George Will was gently sceptical from the outset. He now glumly concludes that all three members of the original “axis of evil” – not only Iran and North Korea but also Iraq – “are more dangerous than when that term was coined in 2002”.

    Neither Mr Buckley nor Mr Sullivan concedes that the decision to topple Saddam was intrinsically wrong. But “the challenge required more than [President Bush’s] deployable resources,” the former sadly recognises. “The American objective in Iraq has failed.”

    For Mr Sullivan, today’s mess is above all a testament to American overconfidence and false assumptions, born of arrogance and naïveté. But he too asserts, in a column in Time magazine this week, that all may not be lost.

    Of all the critiques however, the most profound is that of Francis Fukuyama, in his forthcoming book, America at the Crossroads. Its subtitle is “Democracy, Power and the Neo-Conservative Legacy” – and that legacy, Mr Fukuyama argues, is fatally poisoned.

    This is no ordinary thesis, but apostasy on a grand scale. Mr Fukuyama, after all, was the most prominent intellectual who signed the 1997 “Project for the New American Century”, the founding manifesto of neo-conservatism drawn up by William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, the house journal of the neo-conservative movement.

    much much more at link

  • The neocon ideologists will notice that now when their opinions are on the wrong side, the opinions do not matter.

    — Let your prophets run and sell the suckers!

  • Screw these men. They wanted Iraq in the worst way, and with W that’s exactly what they got.

    – Rick
    “Free your mind, and your ass will follow” – George Clinton

  • The coup d’etat the US suffered was never neocons, who were useful idiots that never questioned the motives of those paying their tab.

    That’s the thing about patriots and ideologues; they’re so trivially easily manipulated.

  • and the further down the tree you go the easier it is, throw in a few golden bath taps, Al Qaeda training schools (remember that aircraft fuselage which was “proof” that Saddam trained the 9/11 guys), shredder stories and evil Frenchmen and they roll so easily

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