Yes, American foreign policy is a laughing-stock abroad, but that means at least some of the reaction is funny. British commentator Douglas Murray discusses the new American counter-terrorism strategy, which, in its written form, never mentions “Islam.” Terrorist-inspiring religious extremism is a problem, says Secretary of State John Kerry, for all religions. Which has Mr. Murray worried about what’s going on with those Anglicans. [Read more…]
A ninth candidate has entered the Republican race for the presidential nomination, South Carolina Senator. Lindsey Graham. His cause is national defense and a tough American foreign policy. He defends the Iraq war and wants “boots on the ground” to battle ISIS and other threats.
Do you think an unreconstructed war hawk has a chance today? Should he? [Read more…]
In an interview with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is considering a presidential run as a foreign policy war hawk, George Will sums up what went wrong with Hillary Clinton’s diplomacy in Libya and gives us a useful term: “progressive imperialism.” [Read more…]
The one “dove” among the current presidential contenders has been the libertarian, tea-party favorite Republican Senator Rand Paul. A few weeks ago, he published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that criticized both the Democrats and his fellow Republicans for their “interventionist” foreign policies. He said that those who wanted to intervene against the Assad regime in Syria would have been helping ISIS, which was originally one of the rebel factions that they wanted to help. He says that President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the “hawkish members of my own party” lack both foresight and hindsight. And yet, Senator Paul is now saying that America must respond to the atrocities of ISIS by using force against them. After the jump, read from both his op-ed piece on Syria and his latest pronouncements against ISIS.
You Randians, libertarians, and non-interventionists, does this change your view of him? Or do you agree?
Karen DeYoung and Dan Balz of the Washington Post give a litany of everything that has been going wrong in our foreign policy lately and marvel at President Obama’s admission that “we don’t have a strategy yet.” [Read more…]
Hillary Clinton played the role of a loyal soldier when she was Secretary of State, but now that she is not working for the administration and now that she is gearing up for a presidential run, she is harshly criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy, promising to be more forceful, proactive, and hawkish. I wonder how the left wing of the Democratic party will take this. [Read more…]