The continuing dominance of the neoconservatives, and their policies of invading Iraq in 2003 and serving Likud: 1) Does not serve American interests. The threat from the USSR is not the same as the threat from radical Islam. Our response should not be the same. USSR: awesome military threat Radical Islam: puny military threat, must rely on terrorism USSR: puny cultural threat - love for Communism extremely shallow Radical Islam: awesome cultural threat - devotion to islam often profound It was necessary for us to engage the USSR militarily, something that Reagan did with such magnificent success. We must annihilate anti-American terrorists, but it is equally important that we go on the offensive culturally. To win them over we must erase our negative image. Gulf War II and obedience to Likud serve neither goal. 2) Will tear apart the Republican party. The Republican coalition can not stand the strain of neocon dominance. What do businessmen gain from neocon policies? Markets? No, only boycotts and sanctions. Security for their investments? No, only instability. Morever, Islam is not opposed to free enterprise. What do religious groups gain? Religious people - Jews, Catholics, and Protestant - only accept war when it is absolutely necessary. Christians desire to aid their fellow Christians in the Mideast. This is best achieved when America is not perceived as an enemy. Most Jews do not support the neocons. What do American taxpayers gain? Only a greater tax burden. Also we can't afford the neoconservative/paleoconservative split. Neocons must remain part of the Republican party, but they can't dominate the party. Remember stalwart Republicans like Scowcroft and Senator Hagel who have been critical of GWB's foreign policy.