chapter  13
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Concluding oughts on American Foreign Policy

By conventional measures of power and status, the United States unquestionably sits at the apex of the international pecking order. Its armed forces outstrip those of any potential challenger or, indeed, those of any potential coalition of challengers. Because the Pentagon’s annual budget is higher than that of the next sixteen countries combined, the American position at the top of the world’s military hierarchy seems certain to persist into the foreseeable future.1