February 8, 2013

Rand Paul's Seminal Speech

Robert Merry, The National Interest

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Rand Paul’s foreign-policy speech before the conservative Heritage Foundation on Wednesday represents an event of perhaps seminal significance to the Republican Party—and the nation. The Kentucky Republican outlined a foreign-policy outlook—and perhaps the beginnings of an actual foreign policy—that would guide America along a middle path between the boundless national ambition of Republican Party neoconservatives and the isolationism of his father. He declared himself "a realist."

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A Win for Conventional Foreign Policy Thinking
Joshua Hersh, HuffPo
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Can a Realist Be a Republican?
Daniel McCarthy, American Conservative
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Why Paul Can't Go Bold on Iran
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February 8, 2013
Rand Paul's Very Conventional Foreign Policy
Robert Kagan, Wash Post
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January 28, 2013
Rand Paul's Israel Mistake
Daniel Larison, Eunomia
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