Democratic realism

Charles Krauthammer has a lengthy foreign policy think piece on the American Enterprise Institute’s website. Krauthammer identifies the four schools of thought with respect to American foreign policy — isolationism, liberal internationalism, realism, and democratic globalsim — and explains what each prescribes given our current status as a unipolar power dealing with the aftermath of 9/11. Here’s the essence of Krauthammer’s analysis:
“The isolationists want simply to ignore unipolarity, pull up the drawbridge, and defend Fortress America. Alas, the Fortress has no moat–not after the airplane, the submarine, the ballistic missile–and as for the drawbridge, it was blown up on 9/11.
“Then there are the liberal internationalists. They like to dream, and to the extent they are aware of our unipolar power, they don


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