We Have to Be There Because We Have to Be There - The Future of U.S. Engagement

Mitchell, Lincoln A.

The extent of U.S. commitment across the globe, which was once a sign of the American ascendancy, now bears many signs of being part of America's decline. This will likely become more apparent and problematic if the economy does not recover. As local and national governments are stressed and basic domestic needs become more and more difficult for governments to afford, it is likely that voices calling for a more modest foreign policy with fewer commitments abroad will be stronger, but policy makers will find it very difficult to turn that aspiration into reality.


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October 26, 2011