United States presidential election, 2008: Leslie Gelb Calls for Realists to Put National Interest Above Partisan Interests


In an op-ed in the National Interest, former top Pentagon official Leslie Howard Gelb argues that “now is the moment to forge a new, broader, politically potent coalition of realists to shape U.S. foreign policy…”

“The two main alternatives to traditional realism for half a century have now discredited themselves. The Clinton administration – fixated on domestic politics and overawed by the curative powers of globalization – squandered American power. The Bush administration – blind to the limitations of military force and carried away by the idea of democratizing heathens – plunged America into its deepest international hole ever.”

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