America Abroad: Peacekeeping Loves Company

Peacekeeping Loves Company

TWO MONTHS AGO, A HIGHLY CLASSIFIED PENTAGON document known as the Defense Planning Guidance found its way into the New York Times. A front-page headline proclaimed that the Bush Administration had a secret plan to "thwart challenges to the primacy of America" in a "one-superpower world." The nation's top brass appeared to have endorsed "global unilateralism," the doctrine promoted by conservatives who believe that the U.S. essentially must go it alone in enforcing world peace. The Times called the suddenly famous ! Pentagon paper "the clearest rejection to date of collective internationalism" -- a competing view, favored by liberals, that coalitions,...

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