Amid the self-doubt and anti-Americanism paralyzing the nation after 9/11, Neoconservative intellectuals appeared self-confident and pressed for military action. Since then they have become architects of U.S. foreign policy. They support the Bush administration’s campaign to plant “freedom” in the Middle East. To secure our “national interest,” they argue, America must assert its unrivaled military power throughout the world.
Despite their tough-sounding policies, however, Neoconservatives in fact reject the moral need to pursue only America’s self-interest, and instead urge us to sacrifice ourselves in order to bring “democracy” to the world. While U.S. troops are dying in the campaign to “liberate” Iraq, ominous threats to our security are left to fester: Iran, the arch-sponsor of Islamic terrorism, is chasing nuclear weapons with undiminished vigor. And the grisly terrorist bombings in London — like those in Madrid last year — portend further suicide attacks on U.S. soil.
Who are the Neoconservatives, and where are they leading us?
In this talk Dr. Brook critiques Neoconservative foreign policy, exposes the real meaning of their vaunted patriotism, and argues that their policies will lead to failure in America's war against Islamist totalitarians. (Recorded September 12, 2005.)