Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Dear Francis Fukuyama:

What the hell are you up to? I just read your Op/Ed piece (“Invasion of the Isolationists”) in this morning's NYT. You give the Bush administration fits for its foreign policy since 9/11. And yet, the war in Iraq and all the decisions made by the Bush administration since its disastrous decision to blame the WTC attack on Saddam Hussein are due to the warmongering precepts that you, William Kristol, Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush, Scooter Libby, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and 19 others signed June 3rd 1997 called The Project for the New American Century. If you now feel the PNAC principles were wrong, I want to hear it. I want to hear you say it. First, you betrayed the American people by aligning yourself with a bunch of warmongering isolationists who advocated pre-emptive strikes on countries who didn't agree to let the USA rule the world. Now you are betraying the PNAC by saying the Bushites are wrong-headed isolationists. And into the bargain, you are on the board of directors of something called The New America Foundation, whose mission statement is a masterwork of obfuscating gobbledy-gook: “Powerful forces - from rapid technological change to massive demographic shifts, from economic globalization to terrorism - are remaking America. Now, more than ever, our nation needs a robust public debate, one that does justice to the complex challenges and opportunities of this unfolding era. Yet there remains a dearth of new thinking on both sides of the political divide, as well as a lack of investment in developing the creative young minds most capable of crafting new public policy solutions. The purpose of the New America Foundation is to bring exceptionally promising new voices and new ideas to the fore of our nation's public discourse. Relying on a venture capital approach, the Foundation invests in outstanding individuals and policy ideas that transcend the conventional political spectrum. Through its Fellowships and Policy Programs, New America sponsors a wide range of research, writing, conferences, and events on the most important issues of our time.” Who are these “outstanding individuals” and what are the “policy ideas” that the New America Foundation plans to invest in? Are Jeb Bush, William Frist and Supreme Court Nominee John Roberts your type of outstanding individuals? Is privatizing Social Security, bringing back the draft and devising more deadly nuclear weapons in the US while making nuclear weapons illegal in the rest of the world your type of exceptional policy ideas? If the Bush administration's “Jacksonian isolationism” is "too pugnacious", what course would please you and your PNAC and New America cohorts? You take a dim view of our staying in Iraq because that would “ensure that the United States remains preoccupied with the Middle East to the detriment of other important regions - Asia, for example - for years to come.” So what are you suggesting? We should get out of Iraq in order to aggress on China? You may be right, Mr. Fukuyama, about the Bush administration's stupid isolationism. But if you are right it's for the wrong reasons. I doubt seriously your ideology has changed since 1997. By my lights you've simply become more devious and sneaky.

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