A Realist Rally

As featured in the IHT: Realism can lead the way out of our foreign-policy shambles. But first the camp’s heavyweights need to bridge the partisan

Issue: Sept-Oct 2008

NOW IS the moment to forge a new, broader, politically potent coalition of realists to shape U.S. foreign policy, if the high priests of the realist camp would only grasp it.

The two main alternatives to traditional realism for half a century have now discredited themselves. The Clinton administration-fixated on domestic politics and overawed by the curative powers of globalization-squandered American power. The Bush administration-blind to the limitations of military force and carried away by the idea of democratizing heathens-plunged America into its deepest international hole ever.

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