In Defense of Primacy

Contrary to what Christopher Layne said in the last issue, the world is a long way away from seeing the end of U.S. primacy.

Issue: Nov-Dec 2006

The midterm elections this November mark the unofficial commencement of the 2008 presidential campaign, and over the next two years, Americans will begin to contemplate and debate the legacy of George W. Bush. Among the more contentious elements of the Bush legacy has been the conduct of foreign policy. While some have focused on the operational mistakes of the Bush Administration, others have argued that its overall orientation-what I would describe as the maintenance of American primacy-is itself flawed and counterproductive to long-term American national interests.

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