Originally Posted by Don Zeko
That requires the caveat that the president not care at all about reelection or the fate of his political allies in congress. Sure, a President Paul would formally have all kinds of power to change US foreign policy, but in practice the military has considerable political power and would do everything possible to resist Paul's policies. In that environment, I think Paul would pretty quickly discovering that a President with no allies or buy-in in Congress or the various agencies has a hard time accomplishing anything.
I admit this may be perseveration on my part, but I keep going back to how such a president comes to power to begin with. Does he pretend to endorse militarism until after the votes are in and then do a 180? How does such a president get elected?