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Foreign Follies by Doug Bandow

Foreign Follies

America's New Global Empire

by Doug Bandow

Pages: 384

Dimensions: 6 x 9

  • RELIGION - General

Type : Paperback

ISBN : 9781597819886

Price : $20.99

The U.S. once was a traditional republic, remaining aloof from foreign
conflicts. Today there is no problem on earth with which Washington
is not concerned.
The result is an oversize military, perpetual intervention, and constant
conflict. September 11 demonstrated that Washington’s enemies could strike
America at home. Iraq shows how even great power does not ensure international
It’s time for a new foreign policy. The U.S. should be engaged in the
world, trading for economic advantage, maintaining friendly political relations,
sampling foreign cultures, and accepting persecuted peoples.
But military action should be a last resort. Costly and destructive, war is
ill-adapted to shape liberal societies. Its prosecution undermines liberties at
home. Moreover, in an age of terrorism intervention encourages more, and
more deadly, attacks on America.
Doing less will leave a messy world. But it will be messy irrespective of the
pretensions of would-be peacemakers and nation-builders. America’s first
priority should be to build a stable, safe, and prosperous republic at home.
Such a society requires peace as well as free markets.

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Doug Bandow is Vice President of Policy for Citizen Outreach.
A former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, he is the
author of several books, including The Politics of Envy: Statism
as Theology, Tripwire: Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changed
World, and Military Manpower and Human Resources.

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