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The Democrats need a new approach to foreign policy. Here's what it should be

The Democrats have only a short time to capitalise on their success in the US midterm elections and present themselves as a party able to lead as well as oppose. In their manifesto, “New Direction for America,” released before the election, they committed themselves to a new domestic agenda—including raising the minimum wage and fixing the Medicare drug programme: measures with wide appeal. But the manifesto had little to say on the issue that still bedevils the Democrats: national security. “A New Direction” made only bland promises to “reclaim American leadership with a tough, smart plan to transform failed… policies…

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