US Blindspots in Foreign Policy
America’s strategic culture has resulted in a series of important “wins” for the United States across time. The resulting culmination of those wins is a position of unprecedented status: the US is the singular global hegemon. Hegemonic status of this sort threatens to validate favorite foreign policy practices, whether those are a strategic asset to the US in its global leadership role or not. From our earliest engagements in foreign lands, the US has followed a number of patterns, patterns born of American culture, perspective, and ambition. Some of these have yielded great benefit for both the US and for the world. Some have not. Given the deeply rooted nature of these patterns, even disastrous outcomes abroad have done little to alter their repeated use. Examining these perennial foreign policy blindspots with real intent, and with a repertoire of strategically informed alternatives at hand, offers the only hope of breaking debilitating cycles of national habit that continue to eat away at American political and economic power across the globe.
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