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Robert Kagan's history of 19th-century US foreign policy sees American action as motivated by morality rather than self-interest. As a work of history it is worthless, but it may be of interest to students of neoconservative propaganda

By Michael Lind   November 2007

Robert Kagan is one of a small group of neoconservative authors who are read because of their influence on the Bush administration. The son of Donald Kagan, a Yale classics scholar and prominent older neoconservative, Robert is the brother of Frederick Kagan, who is credited as one of the architects of Bush’s “surge” in Iraq. Robert has penned various manifestos in favour of unilateral US world domination with William Kristol, editor of Rupert Murdoch’s Weekly Standard and son of Irving Kristol, “godfather of neoconservatism.” Like George W Bush, the son of a president, neoconservatives preach democracy while practicing nepotism.

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