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Imperial Overstretch

Is America Like Rome?

Joseph S. Nye | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Joseph S. Nye

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Given the gridlock in Washington, is America going the way of the Roman Empire? Some analysts argue that the costs of exercising power overseas weakens domestic economies and contributes to their decline because of "imperial overstretch." But America does not fit that theory because defense and foreign affairs expenditures have actually declined as a share of GDP over the past several decades.

New Year Reflections on the US Global Role and Its Limits

David Coates | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
David Coates

What is it about our contemporary political role that makes so much of what we attempt to do abroad ultimately self-defeating?

Sequester But a Scalpel for Bloated Military Budget

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The fact that government devotes too much to Social Security is no argument for spending too much on the military. With the threat of runaway deficits, debts, and interest payments, the U.S. cannot afford any budget sacred cows.