Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Joe Scarborough on "showing restraint abroad"

Joe Scarborough, speaking at the Cato Institute on a different-- and arguably far better-- idea of "conservatism" in foreign policy...Great stuff!

(I saw an excerpt of this in Cato's Letter, but his speech was the keynote address within a larger conference on the topic.)

His key thesis is the need to "show restraint abroad".

This is something that "conservatives" understand on economics. This is something that liberals often understand on social policy. But liberals (even Obama) and especially conservatives have trouble applying this principle consistently-- in foreign policy.

If they read Pape, all of them would understand the debate and many of them would find "showing restraint" to be compelling.


At August 7, 2010 at 10:32 PM , Blogger Darrell said...

So where were these clowns during the Bush years? Scarborough was on MSNBC back in 2003 and 2004 criticizing Pat Buchanan, the leading anti-interventionist among conservatives since the early 1990s. Meanwhile the crowd at Heritage and, to a lesser extent among "libertarians" at CATO were agitating for empire. There were some honorable exceptions, particularly Ted Galen Carpenter. But Tony Blankley as "reasonable" on foreign policy is enough to make me cackle out loud.


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