Restraint Could Turn the U.S. Into the European Union, for Better or Worse

Restraint Could Turn the U.S. Into the European Union, for Better or Worse
Helicopters with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo aboard take off at Camp Alvarado in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 9, 2018 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).

Is Washington ready to embrace restraint as the guiding principle of U.S. foreign policy? Several recent developments suggest that at least when it comes to some prominent debates over national security, the answer is a guarded yes. Last week, the Senate passed a bipartisan war powers resolution prohibiting the White House from going to war with Iran without congressional approval. The White House also reportedly signed off on a tentative deal with the Taliban last week to begin ending U.S. military involvement in the war in Afghanistan. Advocates of restraint should still hold off on any victory laps just yet. […]

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