October 12, 2011

Neocons Still Have Hold on GOP

Merry & Golan-Vilella, The National Interest

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With 44,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and another 94,000 in Afghanistan, and with powerful events shaking the international system in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, one might think that the race for the Republican presidential nomination would spawn plenty of discussion and debate on the state of the world and America's role in it. But no such discourse has emerged. There hasn't been much engagement on foreign-policy issues.

Still, based on the candidates' occasional pronouncements and proposals on their websites, we can discern in general where the Republican party stands on foreign policy. A National Interest review of those pronouncements and prescriptions indicates the party isn't likely to move far beyond the foreign policy of George W. Bush.

It is true that three...

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TAGGED: neoconservatism, GOP primary, 2012


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