In foreign policy, ‘tough’ is not a strategy, it’s a pose

February 27, 2015 8:08 PM

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Not surprisingly, union members in Wisconsin took umbrage at being compared to terrorists who crucify, behead and burn their opponents alive. Even Walker seemed a bit confused about what he was trying to say. Asked later about the comparison, he explained that “That’s the closest thing I have in terms of handling a difficult situation, not that there’s any parallel between the two.”

Awkward though it was, Walker’s comparison had an obvious motive. He’s trying to sell himself as strong, tough, tenacious, even pugnacious. No mom jeans for this guy, no siree. That theme — toughness toughness toughness — has become the mantra of the entire GOP field on foreign policy, right down to...

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