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Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, was trying to explain recently why her state has remained "internationalist" in its soul, even as it shares the national anger about Iraq and Afghanistan.You can see it most clearly in the Republican Party's internal debates, with newcomers such as Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz expressing doubt about U.S. military commitments abroad, and Republican traditionalist Senator John McCain deriding the two as "wacko birds".Thinking about Klobuchar's Minnesota, we can see what's at risk in the debate about America's foreign role.Think about some of the defining voices of global commitment over the past half-century: Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee; Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas; Representative Lee Hamilton of Indiana; Senator Walter Mondale of Minnesota; Senator Henry M. Jackson of Washington; Senator Mike Mansfield of Montana.Klobuchar argues that after a difficult decade, America needs a refreshed internationalism that recognizes its stake in the world, even as it avoids costly military commitments where possible.
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