by Jack David
March 11, 2014
A world where the U.S. is not militarily preeminent would be more dangerous and hurtful to American interests. U.S. well being and world peace and security have been assured since 1945, the end of World War II, by the preeminence of U.S. military and economic power. U.S. military preeminence has enabled us to nourish and grow a liberal, peaceful international order. Three principal features of this order are international dispute resolution being undertaken mostly by discussion rather than armed conflict, free international waters, and increasing recognition that free men, free markets and the rule of law is the most certain path to prosperity. The recent events in Ukraine provide some indication of the extent to which that order has eroded. We Americans have an enormous stake in maintaining the international order we’ve helped establish and the prosperity that has flourished as a result through international trade.