Their trademark is to hallucinate about "moderate forces" from South Asia to the Sahel; and, to urge the United States to partner with them to defeat extremism and spread democracy, the rule of law and secularism throughout the solar system. Exemplary is Fred Hiatt's column in The Washington Post last Monday ("Cozying up to the dictators").
His neo-conservative exhortation is the spiritual descendant of President John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address. It was delivered as the United States trotted into the Vietnam War to defeat Communism by partnering with South Vietnamese moderates we were convinced could be summoned into being. The president trumpted: "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."