What are your thoughts regarding America’s place in the world order?
This is my opinion. American primacy is the most beneficial balance of power in the history of international relations. If some of the more idealistic posters on this forum had their wishes fulfilled, America would indeed commit preemptive superpower suicide. The world would see the return of war among rising powers as they jostle for power; the retreat of democracy around the world as authoritarian Russia and China acquire more clout; and the weakening of the global free market economy, which the United States created and supported for more than sixty years. This is the same free market that isolationist libertarians would have us abandon by allowing American influence to wane. We’ve seen this before in the breakdown of the Roman Empire and the collapse of the European order in World War I. The American world order is worth preserving at great cost, both in blood and treasure.