Magazine November 17, 2014, Issue

Realism Returns

Representative Randy Forbes; Senator Rand Paul; Senator Bob Corker (Getty)
The Republican party is recovering its foreign-policy heritage

The most remarkable aspect of Senator Rand Paul’s “conservative realism” speech on October 23 in New York was that it was seen as remarkable at all. For the fact is that, despite the hubbub about the speech in outlets such as Vox and the Washington Post, much of the case that Paul was making would have fallen squarely within the broad mainstream of Republican thinking in the pre-9/11 era. A GOP politician’s making similar points even 15 years ago, let alone 30 or 40, would have been hardly worth mentioning.

Thus Paul’s statement that “America shouldn’t fight wars when there is

Elbridge ColbyMr. Colby is a principal at the Marathon Initiative, an initiative focused on preparing the United States for great-power competition. 

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Jurassic Cards

The business card seems to be surviving the speedy displacement and long death of print media, but nobody knows exactly why. Already a relic before the 20th century began, an ...
Politics & Policy

The Ike Theme Park

After a federal planning board rejected his unpopular design last spring, architect Frank Gehry downsized his proposed national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, D.C. In October, both the ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Empty Integrity

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “integrity” in part as “soundness of moral principle; the character of uncorrupted virtue, esp. in relation to truth and fair dealing; uprightness, honesty, sincerity.” This ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Touched by the Divine

Someone who wants to understand why conservative Protestants don’t vacate the public square now that their kind of religion seems to have been so completely routed — can anyone think ...
Country Life

In a Dry Season

The mountains upstate are the tap, the fire hydrant, the wellhead for the city. Decades ago the thirsty megalopolis bought land to serve as gigantic offsite gutters and rain barrels. ...
Politics & Policy

A Vanished Breed

‘Republican in name only,” “country-club Republican,” “establishment Republican”: These are the terms grassroots conservatives use to attack their moderate Republican opponents, whom they consider “squishes” and elitists — people who ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

The Inherent Danger of SWAT Teams Regarding Jay Nordlinger’s piece “A Job Like No Other” (September 22): I certainly sympathize with the police in general. It’s a necessary and difficult job. ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ President Obama’s credit card was refused. From force of habit, he shut down the Washington Monument. ‐ Two in Canada, one in Queens: The end of October was marked by ...
Athwart

It’s Ineffable

If you wanted to change minds and win hearts about the issues that face women today, of course you’d take cute little girls who embody the sweet joy of innocence ...
The Long View

Memorandum

TO: New-Business Teams, Both Dem and Rep FROM: Media Team RE: Signing up new clients for Campaign Cycle 2016 Hi all . . . As we all digest the midterm results, we’ve got to ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

MORE SPACE An anthropology of space? A Cape May Scenario: porches, hammocks, flags; lawns Without stone ornaments, small windows That are bow-shaped for the sea wind, Mail boxes with salt-air-withered signs, The pavements narrow enough for ...

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