Washington Times on May 13, 2015, reported that Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is calling for increasing military spending and for the U.S. to aggressively confront Russia, China and others that he says threaten the nation’s economic interests. Excerpts below:

Sen. Marco Rubio continues to perfect his presidential posture, delivering a major policy speech at the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday night, revealing the three “pillars” of his ideal doctrine: A strong America, the protection of the U.S. economy on a global stage and the moral clarity of the nation. Mr. Rubio also alluded to the bywords of the Reagan era, when the simple motto “peace through strength” sustained the U.S. through the Cold War.

“American strength. This is an idea that stems from a simple truth: the world is at its safest when America is at its strongest. When America has the mightiest Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and intelligence community in the world, the result is more peace, not more conflict,” Mr. Rubio said.

“To ensure our strength never falters, we must always plan ahead. It takes forethought to design and many years to build the capabilities we may need at a moment’s notice. So to restore American strength, my first priority will be to adequately fund our military. This would be a priority even in times of peace and stability, though the world today is neither peaceful nor stable.”

Comment: Senator Rubio is reviving the spirit of grand strategy theorist James Burnham, the pathbreaker, as he was called by famed German thinker Caspar von Schrenck-Notzing in his influential “Konservative Publizistik – Texte aus den Jahren 1961 bis 2008” (Berlin 2011). Von Schrenck-Notzing reminds us that Burnham:

Den Aussenpolitiker der konservativen Leitorgans National Review wurde unde schrieb von 1955 bis 1978 eine Kolumne, erst unter dem Titel “The Third World War”, seit 1970 “The Protracted Conflict”. 1964 erschien nach fuenfjaehriger Arbeit “Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism”, vielleicht sein aufschlussreichstes Buch. The destiny of the left is of vital importance for the survival of the West as a civilization. It is of great importance that the West revives the spirit of the 1980s. This is important to remember as we are waiting for the outcome of the struggle for the American presidency in 2016.


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