Believe it or not, there actually are Democrats and Republicans -- lots of them -- committed to robust international engagement, smart foreign aid, and coherent and sensible U.S. international public diplomacy.
At the Nixon Center, it will be Chas Freeman vs. Rob Satloff on the topic: "Israel: Strategic Asset or Liability?" This is one of the few genuine debates on Israel-Middle East issues that I have seen organized in Washington
Obama would be wise to read up on Eisenhower, on Nixon, on Edmund Burke and others -- and realize that military answers to problems are leading the US to greater calamity, global irrelevance, and impotence.