Trump Acts Forthrightly: Republican Isolationists Diminished
The Republican Party has long been embarrassed by the isolationists who inhabit it (see World War II and before). Some internationalists, circa 1970’s, were isolationists circa 1940.
The isolationist gene has been passed to a new generation of Democratic leaders, most notably the anti-Israel leftists and the eminently likeable neo-isolationist Barack Obama, whose policies regarding Vladimir Putin (latest laughable claim: the chemical attacks were perpetrated by Syrian rebels) and his ally, Bashar-al-Assad, can be summed up as follows: “we certainly don’t support their actions, and although it means nothing, using chemical weapons crosses a red line.”
Sen. Rand Paul, whose father Ron was an earlier embarrassing isolationist, stated this Obama-like policy without the misleading tough rhetoric: “While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the U.S. was not attacked.”
The Thirties are calling, Sen. Paul — they want their foreign policy back.
Congratulations to President Trump for the attack on Syria, the lack of saying what he would do and when, and the listening to the right (pun intended) aides.
Professor Vatz is author of a new edition of The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion: the Agenda-Spin Model (McGraw-Hill, 2017) and is co-editor of the forthcoming Thomas S. Szasz: the Man and His Ideas (Transaction Publishers).