Pat, sometimes you're absolutely brilliant, but sometimes as dull as a brick. You ask whether the GOP is capable of conducting a foreign policy befitting a world power. Why on earth do you even bother to ask such a question while the Dems have held the executive branch for the last 4 years, and will for the next 4 years? Nobody cares. I'm only interested in the US foreign policy as being directed by the party that controls US foreign policy. And THIS is the important topic the column completely misses. However, you do present a good summary of the important world issues.