21 Having a deep and accurate understanding of and appreciation for differences

21 having a deep and accurate understanding of and

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21 Having a deep and accurate understanding of and appreciation for differences between force and power is criti- cal to liberal, legitimate, and instrumentally effective global leadership; mistaking uses of force, “forcefully,” for power is a recipe for accelerated decline of America as a great power, with destabilizing consequences for long-term global stability, security, and prosperity. of the implications of our own roles and responsibilities, of our policy choices and actions, into our Power calculations. The United States has had a heavy hand in infusing the current international system with much of its current instability—this, in spite of the noble goals and intentions behind those policy decisions and uses of force. The internationaliza- counterinsurgency, democratization, and preventive war—all uses of American military force that have had destabilizing effects on the stability of state regimes, national ethno-sectarian balances, and stabil- ity of the international system in general. We as a nation and global leading power must become a better study of the quality of peace that we promise through our acts of wars, those of short and long duration. We must calculate the power consequences of the peace we ring in through uses of force. Renewing American Grand Strategy Confronting a punishing budget crisis, an exhausted military, reluc- tant allies, and a public whose appetite for global engagement is waning, the United States faces an intertwined set of critical questions. Among these questions, three stand out: How will current political realities affect the range of strategic choices 20 Robert Jervis, System Effects: Complexity in Political and Social Life (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1998). 21 Immanuel Wallerstein, The Modern World System: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World Economy in the Sixteenth Century (New York: Academic Press, 1974).
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A MERICAN P OWER IN T RANSITION Wilson 25 available to policymakers? How can the United States government make the best possible stra- tegic choices? What role will the existing tapestry of US relationships and regional partnerships play? All of these are political questions. When resources become scarce, the politics surrounding budget decisions escalate. All of these are also the February 2013 sequester, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey summarized the military aspect of budget battles with bracing clarity. “What do you want your military to do?” General Dempsey asked in testimony to the House of Representatives. “If you want it to be doing what it’s doing today, then we can’t give you another dollar. If you want us to do something less than that, we’re all there with you and 22 they involve the calculated relation of means to large ends.
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