Francis Fukuyama Endorses Obama

Pretty amazing. Francis Fukuyama is well-known both professionally, as an historian, and politically, as a leading neoconservative — although he has been on the outs with that crowd for several years now:

… He was, for example, one of just 25 people who signed the Project for a New American Century’s statement of principles in 1997; more recently he was even a member of the advisory board of the defense fund set up for Scooter Libby. But he began a public break with the ideology in 2004. In 2006, he published an essay in the New York Times Magazine titled “After Neoconservatism.” In it, he wrote, “As we approach the third anniversary of the onset of the Iraq war, it seems very unlikely that history will judge either the intervention itself or the ideas animating it kindly.”

Eleanor Hall interviewed him for ABC’s World Today. Here are some of the points he made:

  • He does not object in principle to the use of military power to overthrow dictators like Saddam Hussein, but hard military power is not the answer to everything — it won’t win people over in the long run.
  • We have a lot of fence-mending to do in the world, and Republicans are not the ones to do it.
  • We are at the end of a generational cycle in American social and political life; a “fundamental transformation” is coming, regardless of who wins the general election.

Read the whole thing. It’s quite interesting.

Here is an example of that fundamental transformation. Invited by John McCain to do the Pander and Posture Business as Usual in Iraq, Barack Obama turned him down flat. We’re not doing this kind of dishonest political showmanship anymore, he told McCain:

Barack Obama has decided that he has no interest in joining John McCain on his next “Baghdad Stroll.”

McCain, in an interview yesterday, suggested that Obama take a trip to Iraq, and even agreed to a joint trip for the two candidates.

I asked the Obama camp for a response, and here it is, from Obama spokesperson Bill Burton:

“John McCain’s proposal is nothing more than a political stunt, and we don’t need any more ‘Mission Accomplished’ banners or walks through Baghdad markets to know that Iraq’s leaders have not made the political progress that was the stated purpose of the surge. The American people don’t want any more false promises of progress, they deserve a real debate about a war that has overstretched our military, and cost us thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars without making us safer.”

Here is how McCain worded his invitation:

“He really has no experience or knowledge or judgment about the issue of Iraq and he has wanted to surrender for a long time,” said McCain. “If there was any other issue before the American people, and you hadn’t had anything to do with it in a couple of years, I think the American people would judge that very harshly.”

Actually, Americans are sick of the Iraq war, and it’s politicans like Sen. McCain they will judge harshly for continuing to cheerlead a failed foreign policy that most Americans oppose.

2 Responses to “Francis Fukuyama Endorses Obama”

  1. Manamongst Hussein says:

    God he’s going to rip McSame apart in debates…that Dr. Moreau tone of skin is going to turn beet red with anger. It’s going to be a slow motion car wreck.

  2. ron hohn says:

    All McCain needs to do is watch the video of Dr. Dahlia Wasfi (Iraqi Activist) at of her testimony before Democratic Congressional Forum on Iraq. It will tell him more about Iraq than walking around wearing a flak jacket surrounded by a battalion of Marines with helicopters flying overhead inside a market sanitized days before the stroll.

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