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1. If power is understood as material resources, the United States undoubtedly is the world’s predominant power. Is the United States predominant if power is understood as political influence or control? If not, what factors would account for a gap between its influence or control and its resource endowment? If there is a gap, would it negate the capacity and need for the United States to provide the world with leadership? Yes, the United States predominant if power is understood as political influence or control. Because we have all the materials that other countries need. The power of the United States defies easy comprehension; it is history’s first global superpower. The United States possesses unprecedented-and unequaled-strength and influence in the world. When you have power, you could make other country respect you, and do what you want. Other countries look at the US for help like a big brother for materials, money and support. That’s why some countries may not like US but they have to show their respect. 2. Why is it that the logic of liberalism’s central goals of promoting human rights, democracy, and free markets have been embraced by virtually every recent presidential administration? Why are those goals so attractive to Americans? Will American foreign policy be willing to move beyond verbal endorsements of democracy and human rights and begin to pay costs to promote these values effectively? The promotion of liberty has been a salient theme in US foreign policy discourse since the country gained its independence; since the late 1800s, it has significantly shaped what the US does abroad and plays a significant part in the foreign policy thinking of the Bush administration. Promoting liberty is a moral obligation as well as a means to advance
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