Paul R. Pillar
The current presidential election campaign, as it has shaped up so far, has been almost worthless as a vehicle for informed debate about U.S. foreign policy. In fact, it has been worse than useless, in the sense of imparting misconceptions and puerile formulations rather than highlighting important choices. It is easy to forget, of course, the undesirable characteristics of earlier campaigns, and if the current one seems worse that may partly be because it happens to be the one that right now is unfolding its unattractive form before our eyes.
Foreign policy issues have predictably been neglected in this presidential election year, which leaves voters with very limited information to use in judging the candidates' worldviews. Of course, both major parties have explained t... Read Post
Ahead of the presidential candidate’s foreign policy debate later this month, surrogates from the Romney and Obama campaigns sparred over national security issues in Washington on Wednesday. Both Richard Verma and Dov Zakheim, who s... Read Post