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Is Bernie Sanders a closet foreign policy "realist?"Foreign policy is the hole in Sanders' political donut.Now that Sanders has nearly tied Clinton in Iowa and won New Hampshire, there's a real possibility that he may emerge as the Democratic nominee. And the question is: How scared should mainstream Democrats be about Sanders as a foreign policy president?Sanders is running a populist campaign that centers on economic justice.If I had to guess, I'd say that Sanders would continue – and reinforce – President Barack Obama's wary approach to using force, whereas Clinton would be more hawkish.Sanders' defenders could argue that foreign policy is about making clear choices, especially when they aren't easy.Foreign policy just hasn't been on Sanders' radar: His campaign website lists 22 important issues. Unease about Sanders partly reflects the fact that he seems to have no real foreign policy mentors.
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