The rats are deserting a sinking ship. The war in Iraq has long divided the American left between antiwar refuseniks and Humvee liberals and split the American right between paleoconservative isolationists, realpolitik realists and neoconservative imperialists. Now the war has begun to shatter the ranks of the neoconservatives themselvesâ€”the faction that, above all, gave us this disaster.
The most prominent neoconservative turncoat is Francis Fukuyama, he of the prophecy of an â€śend to historyâ€ť and the eventual triumph of liberal democracyâ€”a forecast that played no small part in the neoconservative project of a war to make the Middle East safe for Halliburton and Republican political consultants. America at the Crossroads is his apologia for apostasy.