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Afghanistan turmoil

Reagan or Trump? US conservatives weigh post-Afghan foreign policy

Focus on 'America First' would question role in defending Taiwan

Former U.S. President Donald Trump, left, advocated for "America First," while former President Ronald Reagan talked of "peace through strength," as a guiding principle for foreign policy. Which path will conservatives tilt to? (Source photos Reuters)

NEW YORK -- American conservatives are piling criticism on the Biden administration for its handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and see an opening to present a new foreign policy agenda leading up to the 2022 midterm and 2024 presidential elections.

But there is little appetite for the grandiose, nation-building pushed by former President George W. Bush and the neoconservatives who dominated his administration. Neither are Republicans rallying around a neo-isolationist foreign policy, that would reduce American presence on the world stage.

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