Josh Hawley tries to outflank Biden on Middle East wars

Josh Hawley tries to outflank Biden on Middle East wars


When the 13 Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee came out in unanimous opposition to the nomination of Colin Kahl to serve as undersecretary of defense for policy, most issued statements panning his judgment and suggesting he was unwilling to confront U.S. adversaries. Only one said Kahl “backed endless wars in the Middle East.”

Since former President Donald Trump left the White House, Sen. Josh Hawley has arguably been the top populist Republican on Capitol Hill. The Missouri lawmaker has supported cracking down on Big Tech companies, issuing $2,000 individual stimulus payments during the pandemic, imposing a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage for corporations with over $1 billion in annual revenues only, and reinstating Trump immigration policies as border apprehensions rose under President Joe Biden to cheers and jeers within his own party.

But part of Trump’s populist brand was also breaking with the recent GOP past on foreign policy, talking about ending endless wars, or hitting

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