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GOP Foreign Policy and "Isolationism"

July 15, 2014 in Economics

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s ongoing dust-up over the future of the GOP’s foreign policy has raised several important issues. Unfortunately, Perry has used the opportunity to raise the spectre of “isolatonism” when discussing Paul’s policy outlook. As we at Cato have discussed before, what interventionists like Perry call “isolationism” is really just a foreign policy of restraint. Say Cato scholars Christopher A. Preble and Justin Logan, “A security strategy of restraint would keep us out of avoidable trouble and husband our resources, ultimately making us safer and richer.”

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