Lugar Plays It Safe in the Senate

John Shaw recently wrote a biography of Indiana’s senior senator entitled Richard G. Lugar, Statesman of the Senate: Crafting Foreign Policy from Capitol Hill. The book tells the story of “one of the most widely respected foreign policy experts in Congress for over three decades,” according to the online book description. Former senator Sam Nunn called the book “a close-up look at the dedication, effectiveness, and outstanding public service of Senator Dick Lugar.” Former secretary of state George Shultz also endorsed it, saying, “Lugar is a true ‘statesman of the Senate’ who, from the Reagan years to the present, has had a major influence on U.S. foreign policy.”

Conservative foreign-policy experts tell National Review Online, however, that Lugar has lost the influence he once wielded.

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