Pragmatism Versus ‘Big Think’ in Democrats’ Foreign Policy Priorities

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic presidential debate, Las Vegas, Oct. 13, 2015 (AP photo by John Locher).
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic presidential debate, Las Vegas, Oct. 13, 2015 (AP photo by John Locher).

When you’re a global superpower with worldwide interests and responsibilities, it’s hard to come up with a very short list of priorities that will set the agenda and organize the bureaucracy. But that’s just what presidential candidates—and sometimes policymakers—have to do when trying to convince voters of the wisdom of their national security to-do lists. In recent days, we heard just such an exercise from the Democratic presidential candidates, as well as a variation of it from Secretary of State John Kerry. At last week’s debate, when asked to name “the greatest national security threat to the United States,” the […]

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