Francis Fukuyama has decided to resign from the neoconservative movement — though for reasons that may seem ambiguous. John said: Why read America at the Crossroads eight years later? Francis Fukuyama’s criticism of the Iraq war put him at odds with neoconservative friends . America at the Crossroads: Democracy,. Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. Francis Fukuyama. Yale University Press. New Haven, , pp.

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He argues effectively for an American foreign policy more aware of the limits of American power, less dependent on the military, and more respectful of the interests and opinions of other countries and emerging international norms and institutions.

New York Times Book Review” “Fukuyama’s book considers conflicting neoconservative principles and offers a reconciliation of neoconservative crosssroads with a wider worldview.

His call for realistic Wilsonianism’. Francis Fukuyama is Amerca L. He has written widely on political and economic development, and his previous books include The End of History and the Last Mana best seller and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Critic Award.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Francis Fukuyama is perhaps most notable for coming out on the bottom of the Neocon Schism. Back then he and Charles Krauthammer went head to head over the pros Krauthammer and cons Fukuyama of the Iraq Invasion.

In light of everything that has subsequently transpired Fukuyama was arguably right, but at the time Krauthammer was widely perceived to have won the fight. If you follow politics you probably aren’t hearing a lot about Fukuyama these days, but Krauthammer’s still riding high on Fox News. We can learn a lot from the political losers. Fukuyama is brilliant and his book continues to be relevant.

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America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy by Francis Fukuyama

In it he doesn’t rehash the Neocon Schism. Instead, with great knowledge and clarity, he chronicles the history of Neoconservative thought, as well as and explaining its underlying philosophies. In these days of ideological fanatacism it might seem tje to see what those “crazy conservatives” were thinking then or now. But Fukuyama explains a lot of political history, including the concepts of American Exceptionalism, global presence, and global force projection that continue to underly our foreign polices.

That alone is worth the price. David Swan Crossroaads Contributor: Francis Fukuyama’s epiphany came as he listened to a speech by fellow neo-con and Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer at the American Enterprise Institute. His cossroads, delivered a year after the start of the Iraqi invasion, treated the overthrow as an unqualified success. To Francis’s bemusement the speech was met with thunderous applause despite the lack of WMD’s and eroding security situation.

Fukuyama finally accepted that the neo-conservative foreign policy has been an unmitigated disaster and needs to be tossed into history’s dustbin. The neo-conservative philosophy, as it pertains of foreign policy, has always had some gaping holes. It’s a policy borne of arrogance and driven by testosterone whereby the United States uses its position as the world’s sole superpower to stand outside of international law. Fukuyama writes, “The fact that the United States granted itself a right that it would deny other countries is based [ Fukuyama makes the point that, “It is not sufficient that Americans believe in their own good intentions; non-Americans must be convinced of them as well” This is such an important statement that the neo-cons should have it etched on their foreheads.

There are three main points that stood out to me.

The first yhe that the war in Iraq betrays one of the core ideas on which neo-conservativism and paleo-conservativism are founded; that being that social engineering fuouyama a mistake and causes more problems that it solves. The fact that the engineering is being imposed from outside rather than from home grown Iraqi elites is immaterial. The second point is that Democracy doesn’t happen overnight and it isn’t granted at the end of a rifle. Fukuyama argues that, like Capitalism, Democracy is maintainable only after the underlying institutions of support are created and this takes time.

Finally, the author points out that the fhe war policy puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the United States. First, the United States would have to be capable of accurately predicting the future Iraq already showed how this can break down.

Being the lone arbiter of the future of our planet brings even more responsibility as the author writes; “The hegemon has to be not just well-intentioned but also prudent and smart in its exercise of power” Even staunch fans of Bush might blanch at the prospect amreica the opposition party having the power to reshape nations at their whim.

Crossroads is an amazingly insightful, intelligent and fukuyaka book. Fukuyama’s thoughts are insanely obvious but they’re so obvious that they need to be spoken because so many American’s seem to be unable to see the forest for the trees. One thing that surprised me was a week effort to defend neo-conservativism even as he washed his hands of it. He wrote, “The administration principals most in favor of the war – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney – were fukyuama known as neoconservatives before their tenures, and we do not know the origins of their views.


Still, despite some questionable statements it’s a great book and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Francis Fukuyama writes what probably is the clearest prose of any crrossroads since Adam Smith. In this book he provides a fascinating and, I think, accurate anatomy of the origins and principles of neo-conservative thinking.

He then uses a neo-conservative perspective to examine such controversial and contentious subjects as the Second Iraqi War and its aftermath, U. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century, and the effect of Globalization on the relations of states. In the course of doing this he provides a devastating critique of the current administration’s strategic doctrine of preventive war as described crosroads both the National Security Strategy of the United States NSS of and He points out that preemptive war tbe vastly different from preventive war and that while the former makes a good deal of sense the latter does not.

Fukuyama makes clear that the real U. His opposition to the war is based first on his belief that the U. Less noticed in the uproar over his opposition to the war, is his rather effective argument that the UN confirms the neo-conservative distrust of international institutions and law.

He believes, and offers some sound arguments to support americz belief, that the UN is largely ineffectual and marginalized by 21st Century Globalization. This book may not make anyone amerjca to become a neo-conservative, but I think it will cause many to recognize that the principles guiding neo-conservatives are not quite as lunatic as the current administration makes them appear.

America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy

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