Shaping Things to Come: America's Role

Despite its battle fatigue, a U.S. withdrawal from the world would lead to chaos.

Issue: May-June 2014

RAYMOND ARON CALLED THE TWENTIETH CENTURY “the century of total war,” and so it was, arguably the worst ever, exceeding even the devastation created by the Thirty Years’ War. As many as 175 million people were deliberately killed, whether in combat or in cold blood—so many on both sides of Europe and throughout the world that it is hard to acknowledge them all.

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