Addressing an audience at the National Review Institute’s conference on “The Case for American Power: Why We Must Lead the Free World” on Monday, Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) called for an active but realistic conservative foreign policy.
The charge of policy-makers, said Cotton, is to secure “the blessings of liberty” promised by the Preamble of the Constitution — namely, “our safety, freedom, and prosperity.”
According to Cotton, foreign policy is the “realm of prudential judgment and reasoning.” The Arkansas senator denounced “doctrines” in his remarks, which he said were inconsistent with any kind of conservative foreign-policy approach.
“Let us discard the search for grand and abstract doctrines,” said Cotton, who was also sure to note that a prudential approach was not inconsistent with a principled one.