A GOP Debate Preview
The experts weigh in on tonight’s event.


The next administration will need to combat Iran’s proxies, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. The Republican contenders should call for Washington to impose real sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran to starve the regime of funding for its nuclear and terrorist activities.

— Benjamin Weinthal is a Berlin-based fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.


Bing West
America should pursue a non-apologetic, resolute, fiscally responsible foreign policy. Absent a martial crisis, the foreign-policy debate will center around the EU’s economic mess a year from now. A Persian Gulf crisis centered around Iran would also roil markets. Other than that, foreign policy will not draw much attention.

Barring a crisis, President Obama will benefit from any extended focus on foreign policy, both because he is the commander-in-chief and because he will enjoy an uptick with the release in October of the movie that depicts the White House orchestrating the demise of Osama bin Laden. More important, every second that the public is distracted from the parlous state of the U.S. economy increases Obama’s chances for reelection.

— Bing West’s latest book is The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan.