Neoconservative thought, characterized by idealism, militancy, and internationalism, has prevailed throughout America's immediate history. Neoconservatives have been proven correct time and time again—in the Cold War, in Kuwait, and in Bosnia. However, this does not hold true for the war in Iraq, and neoconservatives must take their share of the blame for this tragedy. Nonetheless, neo-conservatism should not be discredited unduly. Its record remains far better than its competing schools, traditional conservatism and liberalism, and as the United States faces the world at the dawn of the twenty-first century, neoconservatism continues to provide the best principles to guide its foreign policy.