Max Boot is an awfully smart guy. But isn’t it a little odd that he defines
“neoconservatism” in a way that excludes from the category both Irving Kristol
(who does not believe that Third World countries can afford to be democracies)
and, arguably, Charles Krauthammer (who opposed the Kosovo intervention)? And
that includes the editors of the New Republic? And that he apparently believes
that “laissez faire” economics is compatible with today’s welfare state?
Some people with foreign-policy views similar to those of Boot attempt to
claim Ronald Reagan for their school. Boot, at least, comes clean about the
fact that his views are more Wilsonian than Reaganite. I suspect he will find
in time that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary Rumsfeld are
no more Wilsonian than Reagan was.