The neocons strike me as emotionally needy little overachieving academics who play teachers pet to people in power. Their machinations never produce the desired results because they're not real gangsters and don't realise that's the game they're in. They really believe they are stalwart paladins slaying dragons. I don't think they even begin to wrap their heads around the actual human cost of their moral Crusades. Their American/Israeli exceptionalism is just pagan self-idolatry wrapped in Judeo-Christian rhetoric. Dorky little schoolboys playing wargames.