It’s taken decades and countless lives, but even neoconservatives are starting to question their fanatical foreign policy ideals. Recently, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich suggested that, “It may be that our capacity to export democracy is a lot more limited than we thought,” when discussing our fiasco in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to The Washington Times, Gingrich indicated that he thinks there is something to what Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) are saying — never mind the fact that other Republican congressmen have called Paul’s extreme isolationist policies equal to “Hitler appeasement.” Here’s more:
Mr. Gingrich at times has expressed doubts about the U.S. capacity for nation-building, but he said he now has formed his own conclusions about their failures in light of the experiences of the past decade.
“My worry about all this is not new,” Mr. Gingrich said. “But my willingness to reach a conclusion is new.”
Mr. Gingrich said it is time for Republicans to heed some of the anti-interventionist ideas offered by the libertarian-minded Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, and Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, tea party favorite and foreign policy skeptic.
As a neoconservative, Gingrich is very pro-Israel and, historically, has supported American involvement in the middle east, calling for Americans to invade Iraq and install democracy barely a week after the terrorist attack on 9/11, despite the fact that Iraq was not involved in the attack. As stated by The Daily Dolt, “Barely a week had passed following September 11, 2001 when the devoutly neoconservative Newt Gingrich began advocating for the use of military force to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Among the former House Speaker’s rationales for invading Iraq, which famously had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks, is that he believed Hussein’s ouster would allow democracy to flourish in Iraq and then spread to the rest of the Middle East.”
Even Gingrich has noticed that our intervention has hardly helped, saying, “I am a neoconservative. But at some point, even if you are a neoconservative, you need to take deep breath to ask if our strategies in Middle East have succeeded. It may be that our capacity to export democracy is a lot more limited than we thought.” Emphasis ours.
It appears Gingrich is admitting that his previous thought process was in err. While that may indicate a deeper shift in the neocon wing of the Republican Party away from imperialistic interventionism, it doesn’t really comfort the thousands of dead Americans, the tens of thousands of wounded, or the estimated 110,000+ dead Iraqi civilians.
Newt the War Hawk in 2006:
Reposted from Occupy Democrats with permission.
- Newt Gingrich Abandons Neocons, Joins Rand Paul In GOP Foreign Policy Civil War (thinkprogress.org)
- Newt Gingrich Dumps Interventionism Like He’s Married to It (thedailydolt.com)
- Gingrich Reverses Course On Neocon Views (huffingtonpost.com)