Sadly we must now patiently wait for a sufficient number of the neoconservatives
appointed by previous popes to be replaced by bishops characterized by their pastoral impulses.
Though few in number, the neoconservatives
came to wield enormous influence on American foreign policy through the vigor of their ideas and their unique positioning in public discourse.
have never been especially popular on the right, to say nothing of the left.
are usually critical of those three actors.
does a good job of repudiating the perceived political reality that holds that Republicans promote conservative ideals and legislation and Democrats put forth liberal, big-government agendas.
Critics of the US invasion of Iraq have often pointed to the malign influence of a group of neoconservatives
supposedly influenced by the German-American political philosopher Leo Strauss (1899-1973).
In the previous decade, the Republican Party represented right-wing extremist policies, led by a cabal of neoconservatives
who tried to impose American military and economic hegemony around the world.
One such platform was the Foreign Policy Initiative, which was founded by neoconservatives
who cleverly reworded old slogans.
still insist that the US can counter Iranian influence by turning Iraq into a bulwark for democracy in the Middle East in much the same way US support established South Korea and Japan as lines of defense against the advancement of the Soviet Union and China in the Pacific during the Cold War.
7) He thereby opens the door to the means by which normative strategic cultural ideas ensure both continuity in and define attempts to change national security policies, as with the effort to replace the Cold War paradigm with the messianic Wilsonian option offered by neoconservatives
in the run-up to the Iraq War.
As Paul notes, "many neoconservatives
migrated to the Republican Party from the Democratic Left in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
However, the focus of this essay is not simply the selectivity of neoconservatives
but on how unacknowledged libertarian presumptions in their work distort Catholic thinking.