On "Comment is free", the Guardian's new "group blog", Francis Fukuyama has posted A self-defeating hegemony, on the topic of anti-Americanism around the world. Fukuyama once was a beacon among neoconservatives, and urged both Clinton and Bush to invade Iraq and take care of Saddam Hussein once and for all. He's singing a different tune now, and has been for sometime. In this post, he asserts that "[f]our key mistakes made by the Bush administration have made anti-Americanism one of the chief fault lines of global politics". They were:
- Engaging in preemptive war, which "cannot be the core of a general non-proliferation policy, whereby the United States intervenes militarily everywhere to prevent the development of nuclear weapons."
- Miscalculating how the global community would react to their "'in-your-face' disregard for a variety of international institutions" (or they just didn't care).
- Overestimating the power of conventional armed forces in engaging with trasnational terrorists and "weak states." "It is worth pondering why a country with more military power than any other in human history, and that spends as much on its military as virtually the rest of the world combined, cannot bring security to a small country of 24 million people after more than three years of occupation".
- A lack of "simple competence" in the execution of everything related to the Iraq invasion and occupation.