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Two facts about George W. Bush now seem incontestable: He has been the neoconservative chief executive par excellence, and he has become a failed president.  Bush has led the nation to war in Iraq, branded Iran and North Korea as members of the “Axis of Evil,” and declared in his Second Inaugural Address that America’s security depends on fighting “tyranny” and spreading “democracy” throughout the whole world.  In the Middle East, he has often deferred to Israel and steadfastly refused to deal with Palestinian leaders of whom the Israelis disapprove.  He is firmly committed to free trade and sees the United States as the “first universal nation,” as shown by his unwavering support for a guest-worker/amnesty bill that would bring 60 million new immigrants to the United States over the next decade.  He has presided over a vast expansion of the size and scope of the federal government.  All of these policies are firmly rooted in neoconservative doctrine, and there were no more zealous advocates for the invasion of Iraq than the neocons.

As was predicted in these pages, Bush’s embrace of neoconservatism has proved disastrous for his presidency and the country.  Iraq has descended into violent anarchy; North Korea and Iran appear committed to developing nuclear weapons; and America’s prestige has plummeted in the Middle East and throughout...

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