Repbulican U.S. debates on foreign policy and national security raise a number of good questions about where the candidates stand and how their positions relate to historical trends among candidates and the party. It is a canard to say that the Party of Lincoln aren’t fans of international organization–but to what extent does that hold true?
David Bosco explores this question in a two-part blog post, noting that:
When the focus shifts to that broader constellation of international organizations, the picture becomes more complicated. American conservatives are not uniformly opposed to a prominent role for institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, or the WTO. (They have little fondness for the European Union, it’s true, and none of the candidates is eager to see U.S. funds save the Euro. But that does not distinguish them significantly from the Obama administration.) Indeed, in last week’s Republican debate, Mitt Romney advocated using the WTO’s dispute resolution mechanism to challenge China without a peep from the other candidates: