Francis Fukuyama Shows That He Still Doesn’t Get It

August 24, 2008 at 8:28 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

Francis Fukuyama shows that he still doesn’t get it. Fukuyama is one of those neo-conservatives who supposedly turned his back on his compatriots. One got the hope that he began to understand the wrongness of his original cause. But alas, he still does not get it.

Are we entering the age of the autocrat? It’s certainly tempting to think so after watching Russia’s recent clobbering of Georgia. That invasion clearly marks a new phase in world politics, but it’s a mistake to think that the future belongs to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and his fellow despots.

Because clearly Bush was not a bully in the world prior to Putin throwing Georgia around like a rag. He makes good points that Putin isn’t really a autocrat in the classic sense of the word. Putin very much like capitalism and some form of democracy in his country. However, Fukuyama once again reverts to his neo-conservative ways:

Democracy’s only real competitor in the realm of ideas today is radical Islamism.

Oh please. That’s not competition. Stop drinking the neo-conservative kool-aid dude.

Indeed, one of the world’s most dangerous nation-states today is Iran, run by extremist Shiite mullahs

No not really. You’d like for people to think so, but it isn’t really the case. To be a “most dangerous” nation state in the entire world, that nation state should be able to compete militarily with a superpower, even a small scale super power. But look, Mr. Fukuyama, Iran’s military expenditures are about $9 billion annually. For comparison, Israel’s military expenditure is about the same. In the Middle East, the real power is Saudi Arabia with a military budget of about $27 billion. Who runs the Middle East? Saudi Arabia, of course. And you’re willing to parrot the lie that Iran is stronger (and therefore more dangerous) than Saudi Arabia, let alone being able to compete with a Russia, China or European power. Please. You do yourself a disservice.

But as Peter Bergen pointed out in these pages last week, Sunni radicalism has been remarkably ineffective in actually taking control of a nation-state, due to its propensity to devour its own potential supporters

That’s because it’s not as powerful or effective as you proclaim. You neo-conservatives still just don’t get it.

China’s nationalism, on proud display at the Olympics, is much more complex. The Chinese want respect for having brought hundreds of millions of citizens out of poverty in the past generation. But we don’t yet know how that sense of national pride will translate into foreign policy.

Actually we do. China is not expansionist. They are putting all their cards right now on economic might, because they see the inevitability of them becoming the most powerful nation on the planet solely because they have the most people. It is simply a matter of time.

Mr. Fukuyama doesn’t care that Americans are bullies in this world. We bully around our neighbors all the time (think of all the actions we’ve taken in Central America and Cuba). It’s okay though. We’re Americans.

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