Neocons and Thucydides

As we had discussed in our call last week, the Neocons see Thucydides as a cornerstone for their thoughts on foreign policy.

Neoconservatives, or “neocons,” believe in the use of U.S. military might to foster the spread of democracy around the globe. The notion of employing superior military power to forge sympathetic regimes is hardly new; according to Irving Kristol’s account of neoconservatism in the Weekly Standard, the favorite neocon text is Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War, in which the Greek historian explains “the strong will do what they will, the weak will do what they must.” The notion of spreading democracy is also rooted in history…

Click here to read the full article, “U.S. Political Parties and Foreign Policy” published by the Council on Foreign Relations.

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