A specter is haunting American elections — the specter of foreign policy. Every election cycle in the US, especially in the presidential election, the two parties do their damnedest to differentiate themselves. In matters where they differ then the tension between opposites helps define a middle ground, a moderate position that adjusts itself to fit popular opinion.
In matters where the two parties agree a more dangerous dynamic presents itself: When they agree on policy they can only differentiate themselves by the extremity of that policy. When we’re discussing the bipartisan consensus on foreign policy, all a politician has to differentiate themself from an opponent is how extreme that policy can be. Continue reading