Have we done the neocons an injustice? The Left has impugned them with base motivations. Yet the opposite may be true. They were naive idealists who believed that America's ideology would spread sweetness and light around the world.
We always assume that those who hold opposing views to ours are nasties, out for themselves, using dubious justifications to further their lust for power. With the neocons, it was the assertion of US hegemony in the Middle East.
Perhaps their motivations were pure. The best propagandists are those who fervently believe in the propaganda. The neocons were brainwashed victims who'd had the 'cold war' doctrine fed to them from birth. No wonder they saw American Imperialism as benevolent.
Francis Fukuyama, struggling to disentangle himself from the neocons, said this:
Yet the neocons seemed to have learned nothing from five years of catastrophe. Their zealous advocacy of the invasion of Iraq may have been a disaster, but now they want to do it all over again - in Iran.
What is astonishing about the neoconservative line of argument on Iran
is how little it has changed in its basic assumptions about Iraq in
2002. This is in spite of the catastrophic events of the past five
years and the gross failure of policies that the neocons promoted. 
How The Neocons Fucked Up Iraq
Here's Charles Krauthammer â€“ always in the avant-garde of neocon-dom â€“ blaming it all on â€¦ the Iraqis!
"We gave them a civil war? Why? Because we failed to prevent it? Do the
police in America have on their hands the blood of the 16,000 murders
they failed to prevent last year."
What's jaw-dropping, however, is the completely amoral stance of an
alleged "conservative" like Krauthammer, who yelled himself hoarse
calling for war with Iraq and now blames the "liberated" Iraqis for the
fate that has befallen them.
Do you think Krauthammer is saddened by the vicious killing that is now taking Iraq down into a bloody abyss? Not a chance.
The neocons hate Arabs, all of them, Shia and Sunni alike (and the Persians, too).
As long as these folks are killing each other, they can't attack the United States â€“ or Israel.
That's what motivated the invasion of Iraq, and it's what is pushing
them to do the same to Iran â€“ sheer malevolence, but malevolence with a
Notice how the neocons are pushing this idea of splitting Iraq
up into its religio-ethnic components: that's another aspect of the
atomization strategy they're employing in the Middle East.
Smash and reduce the Muslim nations to splinters â€“ set the Azeris
against the Persians, the Kurds against the Arabs, the Shia against the
Sunni, and let the catastrophe spread from Beirut to Tehran to the oil
fields of Saudi Arabia.
"Among all these religious prejudices, ancient wounds, social
resentments, and tribal antagonisms," complains Krauthammer, "who gets
the blame for the rivers of blood? You can always count on some to find
the blame in America."
There are American individuals who bear ultimate responsibility, and
they are known as neocons, i.e., Krauthammer and his gang of
They plotted and pined for war, they falsified the "intelligence" to
fit their goal of "regime change," and when the blood began to flow â€“
after the "liberation" and the celebrations of a "mission accomplished"
â€“ they washed their hands of it and blamed the victims. 
"Nuke the Bastards!'
"I say we nuke the bastards!" says ultraconservative Radio/T.V. talk show host Glenn Beck when talking about Iran.
Unfortunately, this sentiment is not limited to mere entertainers. Bill
Kristol, respected editor of The Weekly Standard, has repeatedly called
for the use of force against Iran.
In an interview with Fox News, he also said that a military
confrontation with Iran is not only justified, but it could come
"sooner than you think."
Authors Ann Coulter, Charles Krauthammer and possible 2008 presidential
candidate Newt Gingrich have all joined this growing chorus of
far-right extremists who say that the U.S. should hurry up and invade
Iran before Bush leaves office.
These individuals are the intellectual descendents of the people who
pleaded with Nixon to spread the Vietnam War into Cambodia as a means
of defeating the Vietcong.
That didn't work, but that won't stop them from suggesting a similar strategy for Iraq.
Many of the people talking up the threat of Iran also claimed Iraq had
weapons of mass destruction and that the Iraqi people would greet us
with open arms and delicious candy. That didn't happen, but that
certainly won't stop them from saying the same thing about Iran. 
The End of Empire
Francis Fukuyama, who promised us the â€˜End of Historyâ€™, an idea of
which he had plagiarized from both Hegel and Marx, now teaches neocons
how to behave. Really, we live in the Flat Earth, populated by
Wake up, FF, The American Empire is almost dead - morally, economically
and politically - and struggling for the last gasp of air. What you
observe now is a dead corpse with nails still growing. Enoy the sunset
as America slowly sinks in the West.
We've had enough of 'cry wolf' scares â€“ Red Scare, Commie Scare of
Harry Truman, Fidel Scare of JFK, Evil Empire Scare of Ronald Reagan,
Rogue State Scare of Bill Clinton and Al Qaeda Scare of George W. Bush.
Notice the reverse proportion of size of danger and level of fear.
He who lives by projecting fear dies from fear. The American
public at large almost unanimously support â€˜our troopsâ€™, those
mercenary baby-killers, as if they were a citizen-army. The inability
of our leaders to challenge this misguided patriotism shows that our
Republic is no more.
So, Mr. Fukuyama, change the title of your book to the more
appropriate â€˜End of History of the American Republicâ€™, and stop blaming
the neocons and Bush. 
 Francis Fukuyama
 Ed Strong
 Justin Raimondo
 Chris Cabral