Absolutely a lock if every American voter has read even the dust jacket cover of Chris Preble’s (Cato Institute) The Power Problem and concludes correctly with Mr. Preble’s exhaustive and, to me, irrefutable conclusion: America’s “military dominance actually makes us less safe, less prosperous, and less free.”
Preble’s solution to the problem is “a more humble grand strategy based on a more realistic balance of America’s power and foreign commitments.”
In Preble’s estimate “if policymakers in Washington have at their disposal immense military might, they will constantly be tempted to over reach, and to redefine ever more broadly the ‘national interest’.” Preble holds that “the core national interest—preserving American security—is easily defined and largely immutable. Possessing vast military power in order to further other objectives is, he asserts, illicit and to be resisted.”
Christopher A. Preble is Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute and a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.