The New Realism

What should the United States do about problems like terrorism, global warming, nuclear proliferation and Iraq? Bill Richardson lays out his foreign policy vision.

Issue: Jan-Feb 2008

During the last century, the United States was able to lead the free world because we had great power, and because we understood that leadership was not only about power. Democrats like Truman and Kennedy, and Republicans like Eisenhower and Reagan understood that we needed a strong military to meet Soviet power, but that we also needed a strong economy and strong democratic principles to counter the ideological challenge of Communism. Our power gave us the means to lead, but our example legitimized our leadership and made others wish to follow us.

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