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.
Twelve years later, Gingrich is reconsidering that stance:
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.
But what’s an arch neocon to do with all day if he’s no longer advocating the use of military force to spread democracy and peace throughout the world? Apparently, he transfers that passion to Google Glass: The 70-year-old has been spotted wearing the hard-to-get device all around town.
Well, better he bump into you because he’s too distracted asking his headset for directions to the nearest elephant exhibit, and not because he’s scoping out your country as a potential site for our next unwinnable war based on a faulty premise, right?
Neoconservative Newt Gingrich questions exporting democracy // Image via Gage Skidmore