just enough, too late
As belated as it may seem now to produce a categorical dismantling of the philosophical underpinnings of the neoconservatives--where were you & your rightfully devastating assault in 2003, Thompson C. Bradley?--it's important that this point is still being made. The American public has a short memory, and somehow David Brooks still has a column.
In the end, the neocons want to “remoralize” America by creating a new patriotic civil religion around the idea of “Americanism”—an Americanism that will essentially redefine the “American grain.” The neoconservative vision of a good America is one in which ordinary people work hard, read the Bible, go to church, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, practice homespun virtues, sacrifice themselves to the “common good,” obey the commands of the government, fight wars, and die for the state.