First, here's part of the quote from William Kristol:
In Europe today, there are signs of Giuliani-Gingrich-ism in the rise of Nicolas Sarkozy in France, and of some fresh-thinking young (dare I call them) neoconservatives throughout Europe(emphasis mine)
But so far the fresh thinkers haven't been able to break through. It is as if it were in 1996, and there had been no Clintonian redefinition of the Democrats, and Bob Michel were still leading the House Republicans, and there had been no Giuliani mayoralty in New York, and no welfare reform from Congress, and no American intervention in Bosnia--and the alternative news media were still in their infancy, and no academic counterculture had emerged. That's Europe today.
This is a moment of hope for the prospects for a strong, pro-American, pro-liberty, more or less free-market and free-trade, socially and morally reinvigorated Europe.
Uh huh. And here's what Recidivist has to say about that:
There is no sudden lurch to the right for the general population. In fact the general trend is still towards the left. What has happened – and what delights the neocons so much - is that yet another section of the selfish right has tipped in to neofascism.
He also ommits [sic] to tell you that by far the largest section of the 'NO' vote in both France and the Netherlands was a Socialist vote, because the constitution didn't go far enough for them .. and that if Poland rejects it, it will be because the majority of the population are harking back to the days of socialism, a stronger economy and near full employment.
What is troubling is that these guys have shown that if they keep saying something, it will become truth for large segments of the population. These are the salesmen who convinced 70 percent of Americans that Saddam was behind 9/11. While they probably will not convince Europe that they are, in fact, becoming the "strong, pro-American, pro-liberty, more or less free-market and free-trade, socially and morally reinvigorated Europe" that Kristol imagines, there will probably be at least a modest success rate for peddling that idea within the US. The entire Neocon agenda is predicated on perceived power and the awesome strength of groupthink. If you keep saying it, people will start to believe it.