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May 7, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Give Me A Nation And I’ll Rebuild It

by Doug Mataconis

Rudy Giuliani gave the commencement speech at The Citadel this past weekend and it sketches out a foreign policy that, to say the least, raises questions:

(Charleston, S.C.) — Republican Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani on Saturday called for boosting the Army by another 35,000 troops, saying the nation must project strength and better handle the aftermath of war.

“I believe America needs at least 10 new combat brigades above the additions that are already proposed by President Bush and are already in the budget,” the former New York City mayor told a class of 438 cadets during a commencement speech at The Citadel, a public military college.

The following night, Giuliani spoke at a Heritage Foundation event and, as reported by Reason Magazine’s David Weigel, said the following:

Maybe we have to start thinking about some kind of hybrid organization of our military and our civilian agencies of the government. There’s a lot here that the Justice Department can bring to bear in places like Iraq and if we have to do another Iraq in the future. There’s a lot of skills that the Commerce Department can bring to bear, the Treasury Department, and a lot of our private businesses. This nation needs to get started again. Maybe we didn’t see that because this idea of nation-building is not one you want to undertake lightly. But whether we wanted to or not, it’s now our responsibity. We’ve got to get it done right.

As I’ve mentioned before, this is one of the many things about Giuliani that concerns me. The line between military and civilian control, or between the legislature and the executive, doesn’t seem to matter. As long as the job gets done.

That may sound great on the campaign stump, but the consequences of a policy like that for the future should concern anyone who believes in limited government.

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  • tarran

    Has anybody noticed how politicians don’t even pretend to promote republican values anymore?

    Everyone is vying to be the United States’ Octavian Caesar.

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