Superb piece in the upcoming Weekly Standard about neo-conservatism, by the man who is sometimes called its Godfather, Irving Kristol:

“People have always preferred strong government to weak government, although they certainly have no liking for anything that smacks of overly intrusive government. Neocons feel at home in today’s America to a degree that more traditional conservatives do not. Though they find much to be critical about, they tend to seek intellectual guidance in the democratic wisdom of Tocqueville, rather than in the Tory nostalgia of, say, Russell Kirk. ”

Or Pat Buchanan for that matter.