Good Article on Republican Foreign Policy Groupthink

This is from Reid Smith at

Pop quiz hotshot. Can you guess which Republican presidential hopeful said the following?

We must be willing to act when it is time to act. We cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multilateral debating societies. We can’t pull up the drawbridge that connects America to the rest of the world. That simply doesn’t work. The stronger America is, the safer the world is. And the reality is that the military option should never be taken off the table. We must elect a leader whose conservative principles are etched in stone and will not bend on important national security issues. We need a leader like Reagan who believes that we achieve peace through strength and stand firm in that conviction.

It may surprise you to learn that the answer is “none of them.” Or, perhaps, “all of them,” depending on your perspective. Each sentence (or two) was cherry-picked from speeches delivered by Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Rick Santorum, respectively.

For the record, it required scant effort to weave these together. One statement fits into the next like a spoken jigsaw puzzle comprised wholly of timeworn boilerplate—long on talk and short on substance. Parceled together, the statement sounds familiar. It’s also arrogant and unproductive.

Read more here…

(The paragraph beginning with “We” was block quoted in the original but I couldn’t figure out how to do a block quote within a block qoute so it isn’t here.)* Thanks to whoever fixed it.

This is a pretty clever trick on Smith’s part.

3 thoughts on “Good Article on Republican Foreign Policy Groupthink

  1. redphillips Post author

    I thought Reid Smith sounded familiar, and I thought it was from the AmSpec blog. The blog still allows comments using Disqus. I haven’t been over there in a long time. Have the comments toned down? It used to be a free-for-all and one of the few places people like us could carry on.


  2. hawthornecht

    Disqus is gone and its just that loser Goldstein posting death notices–there are no comments, and no brains writing. Yes–it use to be a serious effort (Bill Antle actually representing a paleo voice in DC was rare and a market corner for AmSpec) and Reid was another up and comer. Both Antle and Reid started rather weakly, and it was really with the backing of on line comments (or side e-mails I wrote both them) supporting and encouraging their line of thinking and pushing them to keep going and show more guts and not to write every post like Quin Hilliard and Goldstein need to be a friend of yours.



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