September 5th, 2013
08:16 AM ET
11 months ago

Analysis: The GOP's existential foreign policy battle

Washington (CNN) - What a difference a decade makes.

When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney led the United States to war in Iraq over the issue of chemical weapons 11 years ago, they had the support of all but six of the majority Republicans in the House of Representatives.

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  1. ST

    It is very bad to play with people's IQ. It seems republicans understand now how people think about any war. It is horrible to those who elected them,asked them to present and act on behalf in any circumstances. It won't take time those they think are stupid, will wake up and show them they are not.

    September 5, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Data Driven

    Existential? I suspect the writer is unclear on the meaning of the word. If not, the word is still misapplied. The Republicans don't seem very confused to me. They seem split between the military-industrial-complex-at-all-costs crowd, and the embarrass-Obama-at-all-costs crowd. "Split" is not the same as "existential".

    Here's what I don't see: principled opposition from any Republican on Syria. Expressing opposition publiclly becomes an opportunity to diss Obama. I hear far more criticism of Obama than criticism of Assad from Republicans. Is that "existential" too?

    September 5, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. jpmichigan

    It is sad to say, but there is no clear cut foreign policy nor is there a real clear cut domestic policy. This administration flies high on the seat of their pants, do what may be for this day and worry about the next day, week or month as it happens. Constant change is not always the best/wises thing to happen. Those who passed Obamacare, never read the bill, but voted for it . It is the LAW, but the President picks and choices to change the LAW as he wishes , WITHOUT CONGRESS. What is happening to our country?

    September 5, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Analysis: President Obama hasn't yet used an "Axis of Evil - (they're) coming to get us again" talking point analogy.

    September 5, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Compare and contrast the Republican attitude regarding foreign policy is striking. Suddenly, the firebrands have turned into a pack of wimps. I'm glad to see the cowboy diplomacy fall by the wayside, but I'd never have guessed that it would be replaced by pack of yellow backs.

    September 5, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |