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Americans, in foreign policy, are torn to the point of schizophrenia. They are reluctant, than aggressive; asleep at the switch, then quick on the trigger; indifferent, then obsessed, then indifferent again. They act out of a sense of responsibility and then resent and fear the burden of responsibility they have taken on themselves. Their effect on the world, not surprisingly, is often the opposite of what they intend. Americans say they want stability in the international system, but they are often the greates disrupters of stability. They extol the virtues of international laws and institutions but then violate and ignore them with barley a second thought. They are recolutionary power but think they are a status quo power. They want to be left alone but can't seem to leave anyone else alone. They are continually surprising the world with their behavior, but not nearly as much as they are continually surprising themselves. — Robert Kagan

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Britain has taken itself out as a major player in the international system, at least for a while, with the kind of cuts that they've made in their national security budget. — Robert Kagan

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International order is not an evolution; it is an imposition. It is the domination of one vision over others- in this case, the domination of liberal principles of economics, domestic politics, and international relations over other, nonliberal principles. It will last only as long as those who imposed it retain the capacity to defend it. — Robert Kagan

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I think most Americans believe that although it's better not to use military force if you can avoid it, that the world simply doesn't provide us the luxury of giving away military force as an important tool of foreign policy. — Robert Kagan

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In my view, America has never had the opportunity to enter paradise. Europe enjoys the paradise it enjoys, in part because the United States provides the overall security that allows Europe to live in a system where military power is not a major issue. — Robert Kagan

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When you have a hammer, all problems start to look like nails. — Robert Kagan

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Based on all criteria - military power, economic influence, cultural dominance - America remains number one, even though other, new players are increasingly challenging it in that role. — Robert Kagan

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It is true that I have known Straussians almost all my life. And the one thing I was taught about them from the earliest age is that they are wrong. — Robert Kagan

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When it comes to setting national priorities, determining threats, defining challenges, and fashioning and implementing foreign and defense policies, the United States and Europe have parted ways. — Robert Kagan

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If a caterpillar doesn't know its future has wings, it hardly experiences itself as land-bound. — Robert Kagan

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Obviously the administration intends to publicize all the weapons of mass destruction U.S. forces find - and there will be plenty. — Robert Kagan

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Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus: they agree on little and understand each other less and less. — Robert Kagan

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I believe it is still true that conflicts among major powers usually stem from geopolitical rivalries but rarely from economic competition. — Robert Kagan

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Foreign policy is like hitting a baseball: if you fail 70 percent of the time, you go to the Hall of Fame. — Robert Kagan

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I left Russia in 1993 optimistic that democracy had taken hold despite the obstacles. — Robert Kagan

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Under our Constitution, military leaders have no choice but to endorse the president's decision after giving him their best advice. — Robert Kagan

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Well, I think he's right to notice that there is a difference in attitudes and even in the broadest sense of world view between Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Which is old and which is new is an interesting question, and I almost think that maybe he's got it backwards. — Robert Kagan

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The thing that I would say is that U.S. power is not eternal. I am not saying that it won't come to an end. Because it will. — Robert Kagan