Iraq wants us out in 2011

Author: Rory B. Bellows

The Iraq adventure may be ending. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called for all foreign troops to be out of Iraq by a specific date in 2011.

Now would be a good time for the Republican Party to reassess the expansionist foreign policy practiced by, not just the Bush Administration, but by every American President since the end of World War 2. While it may have sense in the context of the cold war where there was a specific enemy, the Soviet Union, and use of force to spread world socialism no longer exists. Republicans in the 1990s fought heroic battles against President Clinton’s adventures abroad and Barack Obama has shown no sign of retreating from the Wilsonian ideals of intervention of spreading of democracy that has been a staple of the party since 1918. This is a chance for Republicans to rehabilitate their image at a time when many are disillusioned with the party. Renouncing nation building as interventionism as the backbone of our policy is not a retreat for Republicans. Candidates Bush made critiques of those two ideas the central piece of his foreign policy outlook in 2000. It would be a return to what being a Republican meant


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