From Taki's Top Drawer, is the acquisition of an empire an inherent betrayal of American principles, and are we, as a people, suited to the job? Scholars and the military share a foxhole, uneasily: At Harvard, some faculty and activists have been troubled that the university’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy helped revise the counterinsurgency field manual. Walter Russell Mead on why we're in the Gulf: The world would be a much more dangerous place without America as a policeman. Hungry for America: After seven long years, the world is ready—and waiting—for the return of the United States. Who should be the world's most powerful person? As Iowa's caucuses start a global ball rolling, the dream team is President(s) Clinton and Vice-President Obama.

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