Republicans Want A New Foreign Policy. But Will They Get One?

There’s now a proper debate brewing over that question, including the likes of Dan Drezner, Danielle Pletka, and Ben Domenech. Over at Forbes I take the plunge:

Almost nobody, especially at the elite level, thinks in terms of a world where the US doesn’t lend any hand to those who strive to live more like we do. It’s always the how and the when that complicates that. But if you really think the GOP is in danger of losing a foundation broad enough to command electoral support, there’s no time to settle in advance the complexities of squaring our foreign policy actions with our international moral politics. The ultimate reason the GOP needs a new foreign policy, by those lights, has more to do with the GOP than it does with foreign policy. Or at least that’s an accusation it’s tremendously hard to escape in practice, even if, in principle, the GOP is simply the best available means to approximate the right foreign policy.

I also offer up a few big objectives that could ground a new, Republican-friendly grand strategy — oriented around the idea that a liberty-inspired agenda has to grasp that being pro-liberty largely requires the US to support real independence for our friends and allies around the world.

This is a big conversation to have, and though it shouldn’t be rushed, Republicans are obliged to hop to.