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Unformatted text preview: , kills the economy, and destroys the country Eland 04 - Director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute (Ivan, The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy
Exposed, pg. 218-220)
Conservatives should be against an American empire, because war is the primary cause of big government, including government encroachment in non-security-related areas. Of course, bloated government requires increased taxes to support it. Hostile relations with other nations also bring protectionism and controls on trade and financial flows, thus undermining the principles of free trade. Bloated government, high taxes, and restricted foreign commerce lead to lower economic growth. In short, the U.S. empire undermines the prosperity and well-being of American society--two goals that should be paramount to the U.S. or any other government. Over time, lower U.S. economic growth rates, compared to those of rising powers that have smaller security burdens, could cause the U.S. empire to go into relative decline and perhaps even cause America to lose its status as a great power. Britain was at the height of its power at the turn of the last century but is now barely a great power. The United States is already overextended, accounting for almost 40 percent of the world's military spending but possessing only a little more than 30 percent of global GDP. It may meet the same fate as Britain if it fails to retrench. Conservatives worry about the nation's security, but the United States does not need an empire to ensure it. America has distance between it and most of the world's zones of conflict, two great oceans as moats, weak and friendly neighbors, and the most potent nuclear arsenal on the planet. Liberals should be against empire because many of the United States' so-called humanitarian military interventions are really done for reasons of realpolitik. And the abysmal U.S. track record of trying to bring democracy and free markets to countries at gunpoint shows that most such interventions fail in the difficult task of restructuring fractur...
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