Stephen M. Walt on America’s power position

Power and decline: Why other countries ought to envy the United States
Foreign Policy, “A Realist in an Ideological Age” blog
October 1, 2012
Commentary by: Stephen M. Walt, member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors and Harvard Kennedy School’s Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs
Topic: America’s power position

“A recurring theme in this year’s presidential election is (fear of) American decline, with both candidates seeking to convince voters that they will reverse recent trends and foster an American resurgence. President Obama portrays himself as having repaired some of the self-inflicted wounds imparted by the Bush administration, and he pledges to do still more if reelected. For his part, challenger Mitt Romney promises voters that electing him will ensure that the next 88 years will be an ‘American Century’ just like the last one. Both pitches seek to exploit the lingering fear that America’s best days are behind us.”

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