Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Don't worry. There is no live fire here. Bill Kristol and David Frum are alive and well. We're talking here only about the War of Ideas. Dr. Strauss does a great job summarizing the hysteria in the neoconservative camp against the backdrop of the Mideast mess, "appeasement" of North Korea and Iran, Israel in Lebanon, George Will's attack on the Weekly Standard, Weekly Standard's call for joining Israel in war on Iran, etc., including many links and funny stuff. Most disappointing was this Conservative Anger Grows Over Bush's Foreign Policy article which suggests that most conservatives are neo-conservatives. There is no doubt that Will's view reflect a rising frustration among real conservatives about Bush's foreign policy. In any case, my sense is that we all these foreign policy crises are going to lead to very, very interesting times and bring about major changes in America's Middle East policy, an issue that I will discuss next week in the forum at the Cato Institute highlighting my book, Sandstorm: Policy Failure in the Middle East. Hope to see you there! (or you can watch/listen to it on Cato's website).
And in case you haven't read my recent Is Anyone Still Listening to the Flaming Bush? The return of humility.