When elements of the national-security apparatus deceive Congress or the courts, they undermine the very institutions that they protect. The CIA’s attempt to hide its history of torture from congressional oversight is Exhibit A.
Lord Cornwallis has gotten a bum rap in America. He was a gifted troubleshooter who implemented a more streamlined, sustainable version of British power, so that London could emerge triumphant and dominant on the global stage after 1815.
As the 2016 campaign approaches, it is important to communicate a positive vision for what a Republican administration would want to accomplish in foreign affairs. No one wins the White House just by playing defense.