America's Foreign Policy Trap

Sure, it's smart to help weak nations. But the strong powers still pose the biggest challenges

Robert Neubecker for TIME

John Edwards wants to ditch the "war on terror." That was the headline out of his big foreign policy speech last month at the Council on Foreign Relations. But it's not the real news. "War on terror" is probably on its way out anyway: our allies can't stand the term. Neither can the military. Even Donald Rumsfeld tried to abandon it a couple of years back. It probably won't survive the next Republican Administration, let alone the next Democratic one.

The real news isn't so much what Edwards said he would do about foreign policy, but where he'd do it. In...

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