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Joe: The increasing vapidity of the U.S.'s foreign policy debate

Joe: The increasing vapidity of the U.S.’s foreign policy debate
Robert M. Gates
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates speaks during a media availability at the Pentagon Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Joe writes in The Washington Post:  

Foreign policy stalwarts came out Tuesday night to honor Robert Gates... . Brent Scowcroft, John Warner and other titans gathered to celebrate the inaugural awarding of the [Center for Strategic and International Studies's] Zbigniew Brzezinski Prize. While the evening's events highlighted the debt the United States and the world owe Gates and Brzezinski...the night's festivities unintentionally illustrated to guests just how vapid the United States' foreign policy debate has become over the past decade. ... [O]ne of [the remaining presidential candidates] could go a long way in narrowing their credibility gap with foreign policy leaders by following the advice of Brzezinski and putting Gates on their presidential ticket. ...[T]he situation we face is grim. It would take the reemergence of a leader such as Robert Gates to signal to the world that America is ready once again to get serious about its indispensable role in the world.

Read the full column here