So Who’s the Future of Republican Foreign Policy?

So Who’s the Future of Republican Foreign Policy?

The folks over at US News are taking a look at the future of the Republican party, specifically what might overtake the now-old school, neo-conservative train of thought in regards to foreign policy. Who might be at the forefront of a new line of thinking? Could it be Sen. Rand Paul and his colleague Ted Cruz of Texas?

Writes US News’ Lauren Fox:

[Cruz’s] libertarian, anti-interventionist viewpoint is yet another voice among the younger generation of Republicans in the U.S. Senate and in direct conflict with the older longer-serving defense hawks serving there such as John McCain, R-Ariz. And he’s not alone. Another potential Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016 also strays from GOP party leadership on foreign policy.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has long been a thorn in the sides of old guard Republicans, crusading against foreign aid to Egypt and for cuts to the Defense Department. And up until now, he has carried many of his campaigns against the old-guard GOP foreign policy, alone. Paul has also been an outspoken advocate against military intervention in Syria, blasting President Barack Obama for his decision to arm Syrian rebels this summer without a vote of approval by Congress.

Paul was pretty clear about his stance all the way back in June, when he released a joint statement with a handful of other concerned congressmen. In that statement Paul said,

The President’s unilateral decision to arm Syrian rebels is incredibly disturbing, considering what little we know about whom we are arming. Engaging in yet another conflict in the Middle East with no vote or Congressional oversight compounds the severity of this situation.

Paul and Cruz still have opponents, of course, within the Republican party. The libertarian Tea Party movement is not the dominant line of thought in Congress, where a number of older, established politicians still hold on to the old GOP ways. But the two fresh-faced Senators very well could be ahead of their time, anticipating where the country is going before many of their colleagues realize it for themselves.

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz at 2013 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention
Rand Paul and Ted Cruz at 2013 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention. Photo by permission of Gage Skidmore

As Fox with US News writes at the end of her piece, in a quote from senior policy expert at the CATO Institute Doug Bandow: “The enthusiasm and attention Cruz and Rand Paul get, all of that, suggests a growing interest and support for their viewpoints,” Bandow says. “The party is moving in their direction.”




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