Column: U.S. spends plenty on its defense, but foreign involvement needs work

At West Point, President Barack Obama found it hard to defend the incoherent mess representing his foreign policy. The president has resisted persistent neoconservative demands for multiple new wars and interventions. But he usually rushed to the inconsistent middle, entangling the U.S. unnecessarily without achieving even his limited ends.

Despite sharp criticism of his speech from the right, Obama got a lot right. For instance, the constant complaint by uber-hawks that the world is dangerous misses the fact that the world is not that dangerous for the U.S.

“By most measures, America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world,” noted the president. Indeed. “Our military has no peer,” he said. “The odds of a direct threat against us by any nation are low and do not come close to the dangers we faced during the Cold War.”


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