In Libertarianism.org’s new book Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy, Cato scholar Christopher A. Preble traces the history of U.S. foreign policy from the American Founding to the present, examining the ideas that have animated it, asking whether America’s policy choices have made the world safer and freer, and considering the impact of those choices on freedom at home. Preble explains the need to question the assumptions that drive U.S. foreign policy in the modern era―especially the assumption that America can and should use force to shape the international order.
Americans cannot go a day without hearing dire warnings of pending disaster and doom from pundits and policymakers. Combine that with the constant bombardment of bad news streaming at us, and it’s no wonder most of us are anxious and afraid. And why? Because safety doesn’t sell. Fortunately, we’re here to put things in perspective. We will ameliorate fears by placing threats to U.S. national security in proper context. And we will call out threat-inflating comments while praising those that offer an accurate, honest assessment.