Vivek Ramaswamy, an Indian-American entrepreneur and Republican presidential candidate, unveiled a "No to Neocon" pledge that prospective members of his administration would have to follow if he were elected.
The crux of the "No to Neocon" pledge revolves around a specific set of foreign policy principles that call for saying no to war. As stipulated by Ramaswamy: firstly, the three point pledge includes, “Avoiding WW3 is a vital national objective; War is never a preference, only a necessity; The sole duty of U.S. policymakers is to U.S. citizens.”
Taking to X, Ramswamy said, “Neocon ideology cost the US trillions $$ and killed millions in pointless wars that didn’t advance our interests. Time to move to a realist future.” Previously, he garnered attention for his controversial stance on foreign aid distribution, advocating against providing discretionary aid to countries with lower debt burdens per citizen than the United States.
There has been both support and criticism for Ramaswamy's call to prioritize domestic concerns in the face of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the escalating hostilities between Israel and the Iran-backed Hamas. While an increasing number of Republicans share his reservations about extending aid to Ukraine, according to a recent poll, Republican support for aiding Israel remains strong.