G-7 summit exposes incoherence of US foreign policy

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During a U.S. presidency, the stature of which has grown steadily in the estimate of historians, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s success flowed from two critically important insights. The first was that American military power and diplomatic influence was absolutely dependent on the might of the U.S. economy. The second was embodied in his often-quoted Farewell Address warning that an unconstrained “military-industrial complex” could threaten both our economic strength and our democratic liberties.

A generation later, Eisenhower’s wisdom was validated in a book by British historian Paul Kennedy, “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500-2000.”  In this wide-ranging study of five centuries of Western history, Kennedy demonstrated that economic disorder was the invariable prelude to military and political calamity. In examining the Soviet Union and the United States, he warned that both superpowers were…

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