Open Thread Friday: The GOP's Foreign Policy Future
As our own James Poulos noted yesterday, Marco Rubio's major address on international affairs at the Brookings Institution earlier this week planted a flag firmly on one side of a growing chasm within the GOP on foreign policy. Here's a representative passage from the remarks:
... While there are few global problems we can solve by ourselves, there are virtually no global problems that can be solved without us. In confronting the challenges of our time, there are more nations than ever capable of contributing, but there is still only one nation capable of leading.
Now, by contrast, here's Rand Paul in a 2011 speech at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies:
I believe we are much closer to being everywhere all the time than nowhere any of the time. And I think this needs to change. Note I didn’t say it “should change,” rather it needs to change, and there are two simple reasons for that: (1) Intervention everywhere, all the time leads to unintended consequences ... (2) We can no longer afford our current foreign policy.
Well, have at it, Ricoteers. Which senator from the class of 2010 is more representative of the direction the GOP's foreign policy should be headed in the years ahead?