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Opinion

Juliette Kayyem

Generals, make way for the lawyers

The next presidential debate, which will cover international issues, will no doubt be a moment for Mitt Romney to outline his “no apologies” foreign policy — and to expand on his view that President Obama hasn’t been forceful enough in the Middle East.

Indeed, all debates over foreign policy tend to come down to a choice about how much emphasis each candidate would place on “hard power” — the threat of military action — versus the “soft power” of diplomacy, the Defense Department versus the State Department. And Romney clearly believes that Obama has been too soft; Obama, no doubt, will preach that his quieter foreign policy has yielded better results than George W. Bush’s noisy one.

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