"This essay examines the rise and decline of the neo-conservatives and their post-Cold War agenda. We conclude that although the neo-conservatives and their allied aggressive nationalists, such as Vice President Dick Cheney, retain sufficient weight to hamper efforts to push through major reversals in US foreign policy, the increasing isolation of this political faction coupled with recent political events in the United States point to the potential emergence of a more cautious, realist-inspired agenda during the final two years of the Bush presidency. " LA Times
It would be easy, far too easy to see all this recent history as a "morality play" in which the good and virtuous are arrayed against the "evil ones." It would be easy to do that on either side of the divide or divides among us. Let us not fall prey to that temptation.