American Power and the Common Good

by Stephen Sims

A recent article in a prominent newspaper identified the unfathomable spending and reach of the Department of Defense. The concerned journalist pointed out that no one is sure of the number of American military foreign bases, although conservative estimates place the number around 1,000. The journalist, distressed at alleged profligate military spending and inept bookkeeping, added his voice to the chorus shouting for a reduced military presence of the United States in the world. This chorus especially dislikes American power in the form of the soldier and the aircraft carrier, due partly to the strain defense puts on the government’s budget, but especially because they see a widespread military as an arrogant expression of power.

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