November 3, 2012

Realist Obama vs. Idealist Romney

Couloumbis, RealClearWorld

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Commentators and political counselors remind us daily that this election is not about foreign affairs. But the two candidates have sharply differing frameworks for viewing the world, despite Governor Romney’s support for many of President Obama’s policies during last week's so-called foreign policy debate. Wherein lies the difference? 

As usual, realism versus idealism. 

The realist lens sees both an American superpower with unequalled military might and technology, but also multiple other powers who are globally important economically, and regionally important politically and militarily. This leads some to see the emergence of a new balance of power system where even the overwhelming American military's superiority requires...

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