Monday, January 3, 2011

Francis Fukuyama's and Charles Krauthammer's Disastrous Advice

"Krauthammer’s advice fit neatly with Fukuyama’s vision of the future: the United States should take the lead in bringing democracy to less developed countries the world over," writes realist John Mearsheimer, observing that "[t]he "U.S. grand strategy has followed this basic prescription for the past twenty years, mainly because most policy makers inside the Beltway have agreed with the thrust of Fukuyama’s and Krauthammer’s early analyses" — Imperial by Design. He continues:
    The results, however, have been disastrous. The United States has been at war for a startling two out of every three years since 1989, and there is no end in sight. As anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of world events knows, countries that continuously fight wars invariably build powerful national-security bureaucracies that undermine civil liberties and make it difficult to hold leaders accountable for their behavior; and they invariably end up adopting ruthless policies normally associated with brutal dictators. The Founding Fathers understood this problem, as is clear from James Madison’s observation that “no nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” Washington’s pursuit of policies like assassination, rendition and torture over the past decade, not to mention the weakening of the rule of law at home, shows that their fears were justified.

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Blogger Francis Xavier said...

I've heard Fukuyama speak, and thought he was an entertaining fool, whose understanding of the issues about which he discoursed at times did not go beyond what one reads in the average newspaper, in other words barely broaching the surface.

Highly superficial people do exceedingly well in bureaucracies.

11:33 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

We once had an American "Korea expert" come here to give a talk about Northeast Asian geopolitics, and what he said did not go beyond the analysis you'd find in an average. What was worse was that he couldn't even speak Korean.

11:31 AM  

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