September 4, 2014

RELUCTANT CRUSADERS:

Rise of Islamic State tests GOP anti-interventionists (Sebastian Payne and Robert Costa, September 3, 2014, Washington Post)

A roiling national debate over how to deal with the radical Islamic State and other global hot spots has prompted a sudden shift in Republican politics, putting a halt to the anti-interventionist mood that had been gaining credence in the party.

The change is evident on the campaign trail ahead of the November midterm elections and in recent appearances by the GOP's prospective 2016 presidential candidates, with a near-universal embrace of stronger military actions against the group that has beheaded two American journalists.

A hawkish tone has become integral to several key Republican Senate campaigns, with a group of candidates running in battleground states calling attention to their ties to veterans and their support for the U.S. military at every turn.
Posted by at September 4, 2014 4:11 PM
  
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