"Let's take the debate over Iran, particularly two either/or choices that Republicans have dodged for their own convenience. For all their professed concern about the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, they need to make some decisions. First, sanctioning Iranian oil exports -- not to mention rattling the sabers of a near-term attack -- raises the price of oil. Those who are loud proponents of sanctions should have the guts to say that higher prices at the pump are worth it. Also, please stop whining about President Obama's reset of US-Russian relations. The clearest payoff of the reset was a boost in Russian help in pressuring Iran. If keeping up pressure on Iran is important, then so was the reset."

I have always been a proponent of the old-fashioned guideline that politics stops at the water's edge. Sadly, it has increasingly been ignored rather than respected. The debates since the start of this century have demonstrated a clear and vibrant disagreement regarding American foreign policy, its' connection to domestic politics, and the increasing disconnect to reality that one group within the foreign policy community demonstrates (specifically, the neo-cons who have found their home within the GOP). It's one thing to have legitimate debates as to what our goals and interests are and what are the best ways to achieve them. It is another to ignore the facts in the world and to make pronouncements or policy proposals that ignore them for pure partisan domestic rhetoric. In the end, that will only make the job of whoever is elected in November that much harder.
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