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Foreign Policy and the Republican Party

J. Bradford DeLong


>"And the _National Review_ *is* the intellectual center of the Republican
>Party these days, is it not? I mean, this is a former Assistant Secretary
>of State writing, after all..."
>I'm afraid Mr. DeLong has revealed that he is certainly not a member of
>the Republican Party, nor even well acquainted with many such creatures.
>They are a rare sect, I know, but substantial sociological data about them
>has been gathered by journalists and scholars and this can be unearthed
>with a little digging.
>Since I believe this assertion is made as part of a chain of inference
>inquiring about whether the contemporary Republican Party admires and
>subscribes to the tenets of Joseph McCarthy, perhaps the digging is

My Comment:

My comment was supposed to be a gentle dissent from claims that out-and-out admirers of Joe McCarthy were rare and hard to find...

As to what the contemporary Republican Party admires... I wish I could say that people like **** *** were at the intellectual center of the Republican Party. But I have had too many close encounters of the third kind with senior Republican leaders. Take, for example, soon-to-be-former-Speaker Gingrich last September 19 on international economic policy:

Yesterday -- and I would not have come here to be quite
this direct; I am going to give a speech on foreign policy
in about two weeks -- but yesterday the Secretary of State
said the following, quote: "With the nation looking to
Washington to calm a jittery world economy, it is frankly
hard for me to understand why the leadership of the House
of Representatives, the People's House, would fail to
support IMF funding to the utmost," she said in a speech
to a foreign- policy organization. Well, Secretary Albright,
let me explain it so you can have a better chance to understand

This is the typical liberal foreign policy. If money were the
answer, Russia would be prosperous. If money were the
answer, public housing projects would be for sale. If
money were the answer, Indonesia would be terrific....

So I would say, Madame Secretary, that if you really cared
about opening up the world market, you and the president
would get us a few Democratic votes next Friday for fast
track, which you used to be for until the unions told you
you weren't allowed to, and you would quit negotiating
for money from the American taxpayer for the IMF because
unless we have serious, deep reforms and accountability,
we're not turning $18 billion over to a French socialist to
throw it away, which is what he's been doing...

It doesn't look very good for anyone who hopes for strong congressional support for U.S. leadership in global affairs over the next decade...


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