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The Problem With U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. foreign policy is focused on much more than preserving the security of the U.S. For much of the last 70 years, U.S. policymakers in both parties have held out the U.S. military as the guarantor of global security. U.S. policymakers should instead restrain their impulse to go to war when American interests are not at stake and encourage other countries to take responsibility for defending themselves and their interests. As the wealthiest and most militarily powerful country in the world, the United States will retain the ability to defend itself, and to assist others. But we should avoid the temptation to try to remake the world by force.

Chris Preble is Vice President for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, is the author of The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous, and Less Free.