Rich Lowry reviews Michael Mandelbaums, The Case for Goliath: How America Acts as the Worlds Government in the 21st Century. Mandelbaum is a liberal, who might overstate some aspects of U.S. internationalism. Example, we provide "public goods", security, economic stability, etc., to the world in much the same way a government provides these things to its citizens. Yet, Lowry writes that the book is important and even wise for it reminds everyone (should be required reading in France and Germany?) how important U.S. power is, and how good it is to have a bipartisan consensus in favor of it.
"But the core of Mandelbaums case -- that U.S. power is so important to the world that the international order would badly fray without it -- is provocative and valuable, given how pervasive the notion has become at home and abroad that the United States is the worlds parasite, or predator, or both. Strained analogies aside, Mandelbaums analysis is generally sure-footed and often original."