"We look from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but it is impossible to say which is which." -- Louis Menand, "Francis Fukuyama and the neoconservatives," The New Yorker, 27 March 2006.context: increasingly, neocons are forced in the wake of bush administration foreign policy failures to defend their theories by arguing that the bushies have simply not adequately practiced what are essentially still sound neocon theories and principles. well, this is bill kristol's position anyway; fukuyama at least now concedes that some of the theories are bogus. thanks to josh marshall and glenn greenwald for the tips. kevin baker has an interesting, indirect take on this in the current harper's ("Stabbed in the Back! The past and future of a right-wing myth"), taking a long look at post-WWII american politics to show how the tendency of right-wing foreign policy to have a scapegoat for all occasions now too is unravelling.
menand's quote above now takes on even greater truth some 3-1/2 months later in light of this president's recent press conference in germany. from the daily show, courtesy of crooks and liars: do not miss this (videostream for WMP or QT).