Liberal Imperialism: Neoconservatism in a Velvet Glove

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto is a policy analyst and part-time dungeon master. When not talking endlessly about matters of public policy, he is a dungeon master on the NWN World of Avlis

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar James K says:

    The biggest problem with neoconservatives and liberal imperialists isn’t their ideology. It’s flawed, but there are kernels of reasonable policy prescriptions in there. The biggest problem with this ideological group of thinkers is that they’re simply incapable of self-reflection and facing reality. Anarchy may be what states make of it, but for liberal hawks and neocons, reality appears to be taking a back seat to the constructed world of their Wilsonian fancies.

    I see this problem all the time in domestic policy. Too many people believe that merely having the power of a sovereign government to work with makes it possible to convert heir wishes into reality.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      All it requires is sufficient will and no opposition.

      If your plan didn’t work, it’s because of one of those two things.Report

      • Avatar NoPublic says:

        I would say that the belief is more an “or” proposition than an “and” one.
        There are plenty of folks who believe that if we’re just strong enough our enemies will quail before our mighty manliness.Report

  2. Avatar Michelle says:

    Mead has his head in the sand and exaggerates the amount of influence the US can have over the affairs of other countries. The segment about Romney peddling spinach is pure nonsense. Romney’s peddling easy belligerence. Somehow, if he just talks tougher than Obama and runs up the defense bill to new heights, all will be well. We’ll see how easily he can sell a war with Iran to an American public sick of US military involvement in the Middle East.

    That speech was all bluster with minimal substance as smart critics who, unlike Mead, aren’t in the bag for the Mittster.Report

  3. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    “it’s grading on rhetoric rather than substance.”

    A lot of that going around right now, it seems. Makes me think there’s not enough difference in substance between the two men to draw a sharp contrast, so people focus on rhetoric instead.Report