Americans shy away from the long-term commitments of manpower and money that are indispensable if rogue regimes and failed states really are to be changed for the better. Ours, he argues, is an empire with an attention deficit disorder, imposing ever more unrealistic timescales on its overseas interventions. Worse, it’s an empire in denial—a hyper-power that simply refuses to admit the scale of its global responsibilities. And the negative consequences will be felt at home as well as abroad... This chronic myopia also applies to our domestic responsibilities. When overstretch comes, it will come from within—and it will reveal that more than just the feet of the American colossus is made of clay.As a nation, we are impatient in both war and peace. It was an ancient Roman maxim that, si vis pacem, para bellum. For Peace, Prepare for War. The stability of the global order under Pax Americana has done more to improve the lot of mankind than any Empire in the long history of the world. Of course there are losers in the age of American dominance. It is our job to insure that the biggest losers are those whose disdain for the natural rights of humanity are most repugnant. We cannot police every corner of the world, nor can we save every good human from the ravages of evil. But we also cannot simply relinquish the mantle of global leadership that we have struggled so mightily to obtain. Has the retreat of American influence brought more peace or more prosperity to the world? Can we say today that the cause of freedom is brighter with a less vigilant and aggressive United States of America? Would we rather have a coalition of China, Russia, and Iran rule the world? If we abandon the policing powers of the world to such an alliance, who is to say they wouldn't forge their own "coalition of the willing" to remove a regime who in their view had "oppressed" the people and "threatened" the stability of the world?
Our last good run at isolationism and demilitarization in the lead-up to World War I and II ended in monumental global catastrophe. We are currently witnessing the early consequences of the Obama Administration's "America-first" agenda. China is rising and has taken a more aggressive approach. Russia renews the rhetoric and expansionism of the Soviet-era. North Korea and Iran play us for fools. Israel, Poland, and Saudi Arabia publicly lash out our policies of retrenchment and appeasement. Freedom is being persecuted by governments across the globe. The stability of our alliances, the value of our word, and the power of our deterrence no longer carry the weight they once did. Partisans of evil and oppression are seizing the opportunity, while America is reducing its military and dismantling its manufacturing.
It's a sign of the dangerous times in which we live that an Ambassador to the world's greatest military power can be murdered by the hands of a band of throwback religious fanatics and the so-called superpower is impotent to respond. It seems that John Kerry is being outclassed diplomatically by the wily ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran. How the mighty have fallen! If we choose to ignore the lessons of the past, then truly America does deserve the consequences of its apathy. Though it may not be popular, nor will it be easy, The United States must stand for freedom in the world. As its world champion, we must be its greatest defender. When you look at it that way, a smart and sensible foreign policy is one of the best investments our country can make.