Palin Embraces Non-interventionism?Submitted by Libertarian Exi... on Sat, 05/07/2011 - 16:45
The staff shake-up, combined with Palin's remarks in Colorado, were interpreted by many observers to be a clear indication that she had shifted in her views on the appropriate use of force. But had she shifted so much that she was now poised to lead the ideological charge away from a Bush-era nation-building mentality -- and toward a non-interventionist stance that harks back to an earlier GOP?
"Nation building is a nice idea in theory," Palin said in the Colorado speech. "But it is not the main purpose of our armed forces. We use our military to win wars."
In one sense, Palin's evolving views reflect broad frustration over U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan that has lasted the better part of a decade. But Palin has also demonstrated a populist approach to foreign policy that often plays better among the conservative grassroots than in right-leaning think tanks.
Conservative grassroots? Could they possibly be referring to us?