The first thing I would add to David’s thoughts is that the suspicion and hostility toward international organisations among the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, which David summarises in his second post, is more acute than it has been in the past in the GOP. The Republican Party is moving to the right in most areas of policy, and foreign policy is no exception.

To put it another way, figures such as Eisenhower, Nixon and even Reagan would have a hard time getting nominated in 2012, in part because their foreign policy views would be seen as dangerously moderate. Yes, the Republican Party has always had a ‘black helicopter faction’ (I believe the phrase is Bill Clinton’s), but that fringe belief has grown in recent years, and Republican presidential candidates have to pay obeisance to it.

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