August 28, 2014

No, 2014 Shouldn't Be a Foreign Policy Election

Dan Larison, American Conservative

The Associated Press

If we compare this year to the other midterm years when foreign policy loomed large in the voters’ minds, it’s not hard to understand why these issues are being neglected now. The ’02 election took place a little over a year after the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, and it was happening in the middle of the ongoing debate over attacking Iraq that stemmed from the administration’s agitation for war. It was therefore an extremely unusual election that we wouldn’t expect to be repeated unless there were similar conditions today, and the conditions aren’t remotely similar. The 2006 election followed what had been up until then the worst year of the Iraq war, which saw not only an increase in American casualties but also a major deterioration in security for Iraqis. Bush...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: United States, 2014, U.S. Foreign Policy

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

August 28, 2014
2014 Should Be a Foreign Policy Election
Marc Ambinder, The Week
Some wags like to say that midterms don't usually turn on foreign policy. But two of the past three — 2002 and 2006 — certainly did. In those races, at least one of the two parties had something to say. In 2002, the... more ››
August 23, 2014
U.S. Entering New Era of Dirty Wars?
Russell Crandall, American Interest
Americans don’t always like to acknowledge it, but the U.S. has a long history of fighting so-called dirty wars. Perhaps rather than insisting we should never get involved in these conflicts, we should learn how to do so as... more ››
August 19, 2014
Ambivalence About America
Roger Cohen, New York Times
The pendulum always swings too far. Obama the restrainer has been the great corrective to Bush the decider. Far from the magician imagined back in 2008, Obama has been the professional moderator. But the president has gone too... more ››
August 16, 2014
Hillary's Foreign Policy Views Don't Matter
Zachary Keck, The Diplomat
Hillary’s Clinton may be a foreign policy hawk, but that won’t matter in 2016. more ››
August 19, 2014
What if Ferguson Happened in Another Country?
Max Fisher, Vox
[Satire] Violence could spread to oil-producing regions such as Oklahoma or even disrupt the flow of American beer supplies. more ››