Media Mashup: August 20, 2105

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America’s Strength: Grover Norquist

As part of its 30th anniversary, The National Interest asked some of the top policy analysts about the future of America’s role in the world.

Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform.

America is a people of the book: the Constitution. We are not united by race or religion. We come from everywhere in the world. Even our language is fluid: an English base with new words and phrases flowing in from around the world. We are united by a commitment to individual liberty and the structures created by the Constitution that have ensured that liberty through our history.

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Leslie H. Gelb is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former columnist for The New York Times, and a former senior State and Defense Department official.

First, the United States is the only nation capable of world leadership, and most others actually want Washington to lead. Second, to lead, our presidents must have real strategies that make sense and take the interests of others into account. Third, goals have to be limited to accord with reduced power and international complexities.

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Tom Cotton is a U.S. senator from Arkansas.

The challenges we face abroad are deeply complicated and contingent on a number of military, economic, political and cultural factors. Determining how we respond to them will require much wisdom and decisiveness. But as we continue these debates, we must keep in mind the clear lesson of the past six years. Retreat—on both the military and moral planes—only invites aggression, chaos and disorder. The policies we pursue should exhibit confidence in American power and in America’s mission.

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Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to




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