This week, I had a piece in the National Interest examining the question of Hillary Clinton’s views on national security. Specifically, is she as hawkish as her critics often allege? The answer, I find, is complicated, and tells us quite a bit about the state of the foreign policy discussion occurring on the American left today.
Now, though, with the Bush years in the rearview mirror, Democrats are finding that they need to explain what they stand for. And many are encountering a tension between the antiwar impulses of their base and the more centrist national security philosophy that they have espoused all along, one that allows for the use of force in a way that much of the public is no longer comfortable with.
Read the full piece, here.