The Bacevich Recipe for a New Realist U.S. Foreign Policy

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Boston University’s Andrew Bacevich takes Tuesday’s prize for the most thought-provoking opinion piece. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Bacevich provides his recipe for a new realist American foreign policy: Given that Bush’s version of global war has proved such a costly flop, what ought to replace it? Answering that question requires a new set of principles to guide U.S. policy. Here are five: * Rather than squandering American power, husband it. As Iraq has shown, U.S. military strength is finite. The nation’s economic reserves and diplomatic clout also are limited. They badly need replenishment. * Align ends with means. […]

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