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A Foreign Policy of Arrogant Meddling

johnm h Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 9:38 AM
it is just a slower rate of growth and all of the panicky reaction assumes that over the next ten years cuts would only come from new programs or important programs and little from reducing dead weight costs and inefficiencies. Unfortunately the only way we seem to be able to cut is with a chain saw. The problem isn't Defense, leaner and meaner is probably good. The problem is that we could cut all the rest of the government in Washington by even more and benefit even more.

A year before Mitt Romney picked him as a running mate, Paul Ryan gave a speech in which he discussed the promise and peril of the Arab Spring. "It's too soon to tell whether these revolutions will result in governments that respect the rights of their citizens or in one form of autocracy ... supplanting another," he said. "While we work to assure the former, American policy should be realistic about our ability to avert the latter."

More generally, Ryan said, "American policy should be tempered by a healthy humility about the extent of our power to control events in...