In a New York Times op-ed, and in advance of the October 22 foreign policy debate between the presidential candidates, Danielle Pletka, vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) writes that:
“Mr. Romney must give a clear explanation of how American power since the end of World War II provided the foundation for the most prosperous and successful era in human history; how our domination of the world’s most trafficked waterways has permitted the flourishing of trade; and how exporting our principles of political and economic freedom has opened and nourished markets that buy American goods, employ American workers and allow Americans to enjoy an unmatched level of security.
More important, Americans must know that it is not for mercantile benefits alone that the United States has exerted its leadership. It is because there is no other power, and no other people, that can — or, if able, would — exert the benign influence that has characterized our role in the world. Whether you like the Iraq war or hate it; like the battle in Afghanistan or not; believe in the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi or revile it — in no case has the United States intervened for malevolent purposes.”
Danielle Pletka previously served as a senior staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. She can be reached at email@example.com or through Alex Della Rocchetta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.862.7152.
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