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What Neoconservatism Is—and Isn’t: Where Neoconservatism Came From, What it Stands For, and How it Became Associated with the War in Iraq

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace; Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Author(s): Peter Berkowitz

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Series: Hoover Digest

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)
Politics (Political ideologies and movements)

Keywords: Foreign Policy; Neoconservatism; Iraq

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

It was only with the Iraq war that neoconservatism came to be falsely identified by its critics with a single crude foreign policy idea: that the United States should use military force, unilaterally if need be, to overthrow tyrants and establish democracy. It violates the spirit of neoconservatism to select a single goal from those that command the nation’s attention and then pursue it heedless of costs. Neoconservatism has its origins in a critique of policy making—in both domestic and foreign affairs—that fails to take consequences into account.