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Hank Foresman said in reply to Alba Etie...
Mr. Etie: I believe we are seeing a more restrained Foreign Policy but one that is still heavily influenced by the likes of Slaughter, Rice, and Power. The Neo-cons are still a prominent force in the loyal opposition but they are increasingly being challenged by neo-isolationists such as Rand Paul and his father and Wyden and others on the left side of the Senate aisle. I am not very optimistic that realism will see the light of day in the near term.
Even more instructive are Col. Lang's comments on the new NIE on Afghanistan.
The Neutralist has no connections and knows no one, but we saw Afghanistan and Iraq coming a cropper before either invasion.