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The GOP's Civil War for the Future of War

Rubio vs. Rand


There’s a war waging within the Republican Party, and even the most casual observers are starting to notice. Its outcome will determine the foreign policy of the GOP and, if they’re lucky, the country.

The basis of the conflict is this: The GOP has been without a coherent foreign policy since President George W. Bush left the White House in 2008. In the absence of any single executive leader, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have dominated the debate, promoting, by and large, a continuation of Mr. Bush’s hawkish freedom agenda.

Using their decades of experience, their roles in prominent committees, their rank and their access, the two filled the void, advocating for a robust American military and an assertive projection of force.