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Unformatted text preview: o so far in protecting Americans from future catastrophic terrorist attacks. A better solution is to white out the bull's-eye painted on America by getting rid of both its empire and concomitant interventionist foreign policy. With the demise of America's chief rival, the Soviet Union, the benefits of Pax Americana and profligate military interventions worldwide have declined dramatically. With the advent of catastrophic terrorism, the costs of such an activist foreign policy have increased precipitously. Thus, the quest for empire is a foreign policy, but not a security policy. The founders of the republic realized that America's geographical remoteness vis-a-vis other nation-states allowed the luxury of distancing itself from entangling alliances and foreign quarrels, defining its vital interests narrowly, and adopting a policy of military restraint. In an age of catastrophic terrorism, the founders' original foreign policy is more relevant than ever. Profligate intervention overseas is not needed for security against other nation-states and only leads to blowback from the one threat that is difficult to deter--terrorism. In short, the U.S. empire lessens American prosperity, power, security and moral standing. It also erodes the founding principles of the American Constitution. Heg draws US into unnecessary conflicts - security frontier is constantly expanding Layne 06
visiting associate professor at the Naval postgraduate School and consultant to the RAND Corporation (Christopher, The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present, pg. 127-128)
There is, of course, a big difference between defending America's own territorial security and protecting the interests of allies. Great powers are willing to risk a lot to defend themselves, but allies and adversaries alike frequently doubt whether a great power will
incur similar risks to defend others. Consequently, the success of America's "reassurance" strategy hinges on others' perceptions that U.S. se...
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