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Paul Wolfowitz, the intellectual force behind neoconservatism, and possibly America’s next national security adviser, addresses Europe through the pages of Prospect. In conversation with Radek Sikorski, Wolfowitz’s defence of US foreign policy and its ambitious democratisation objectives is mostly couched in diplomatic language. But on occasion his anger bursts through: “It’s astonishing to hear liberals and socialists in Europe… saying that Saddam’s fascist, genocidal dictatorship should have been left alone.”

Wolfowitz is the kind of neocon who can make European liberals squirm. His commitment to humanitarian intervention and the spread of democracy is genuine, and one suspects, if politics permitted,…

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