Newt Gingrich Dumps Interventionism Like He’s Married to It

The former House Speaker concedes that America's "capacity to export democracy is a lot more more limited" than he originally thought: "[A]t some point, even if you are a neoconservative, you need to take deep breath to ask if our strategies in the Middle East have succeeded."

Newt Gingrich

To add insult to injury, foreign interventionism was in the hospital undergoing chemo when Gingrich made the announcement.

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

7 Responses to Newt Gingrich Dumps Interventionism Like He’s Married to It

  1. BCL1


    Well of course. I gave up on democracy years ago. Not only should we not wasting resources exporting it, we should stop wasting resources on it here in the USA. “Democracy” and “freedom” are less important than security and efficiency.

  2. Tracey


    Wait a minute… are you telling me that a politician changed his opinion to fit the facts instead of changing the facts to fit his opinion? I am shocked, truly shocked.

    • It doesn’t matter. It’s like trynig to convince a conservative that trickle-down economics doesn’t work, or a liberal that higher taxes isn’t the way to go. Neither of them are going to do anything except buy into their own agenda. Just like Ron Paul supporters. And that’s fine, it’s awesome. They believe what they believe, you believe what you believe, I believe what I believe. But for some reason, Ron Paul should be? exempt from any criticism on the internet, so it’s pointless to even try.

  3. Alice


    I feel like I’ve stepped through the looking glass when Newt Gingrich has become the voice of reason within the GOP.

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