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Will Clinton Pay the Price for America to Remain a Global Power?

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Publication Date: September 2002

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Baker Spring

Topic: Military and defense (Military policy)

Keywords: Budget

Type: Report


Defending American freedom, security, and prosperity from foreign threats requires that America remain militarily strong and preserve its military alliances. It is no accident that the U.S. became involved in World War I and World War II during the first half of the 20th century when it was essentially a regional military power, still disinclined to exercise global leadership. Nor is it an accident that there have been no world wars and few major U.S. wars since America’s emergence as a global power and leader of the West after 1945. The lesson of history is clear: The best way to keep the United States out of costly major wars is to remain a global power.