Of Paradise And Power
The distribution of power is a major source of diverging opinions between the United States and Europe. Europe is militarily weak but economically strong, and its foreign policies are shaped by that position. America is economically strong to be sure, but it is also the strongest military power in the world. The foreign policy of the United States reflects its confidence as a military force. Each region seeks a world system that will complement its own position of power in the world, one that will guarantee the greatest degree of security for itself.
Europe has little military power, and thus stands to benefit from working within international law and establishing diplomatic relations. America, however, is a strong military power that desires as much freedom to implement that power for its own protection as possible. Thus American policymakers reasonably shy away from rules that would limit America?s freedom to use force as deemed necessary to protect its interests.
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