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Unformatted text preview: eft in the world would lead to a state of "perpetual war for perpetual peace." And as the American occupation of "liberated" Iraq shows,
even if the wars are won, totally restructuring societies to ensure genuine, viable, and self-sustaining liberal democracies is a Herculean task, especially in the developing world. Of course, with empire comes the "influence" and prestige of being the world's top dog. The U.S. president gets to stand in the center of summit photographs, and the world hangs on every word of the imperial bureaucrats, parliamentarians, and foreign policy elite in American universities and research institutes. This American "influence" (whatever that vague term means) over political happenings in faraway lands, most of which are unimportant to U.S. security, seems a scant reward for the all of the blood, treasure, and goodwill squandered in subduing, policing, and socially engineering the world. As with the empires of old, imperial prestige and glory for America's elite come at a steep price for the common citizenry. The founders of the United States had those failed empires in mind when they gave the peoples' branch of government, not the president, the power to declare war. Unfortunately, during the cold war and its aftermath, an increasingly powerful presidency has ignored that constitutional provision. Also ignored has been the traditional U.S. foreign policy that served the country
well for about a hundred and seventy-five years. That policy was to take advantage of America's uniquely secure geography to exercise a policy of military restraint overseas, stay out of disputes among nations where possible, and thus reap the domestic benefits of low military spending and a small standing army. Despite the collapsed distances of the modern world, this volume will argue that the founders' vision is more relevant than ever for a sound U.S. foreign policy. The original statesmen of the great republic would be appalled to learn that America is now a militaristic global empire on the osten...
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