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This dilemma of how American power can best influence a disordered world recurs with special force now, as Barack Obama's presidency heads toward its conclusion.As America is seen to recede, others advance. This "back to the future" rhetoric ignores the many ways the world has changed, which render old models of U.S. power much less relevant.Are Republicans instead correct in urging a more radical restoration of unilateral American power – by repudiating, for example, an Iran nuclear agreement that is endorsed by the world's other leading powers?This is the foreign policy debate that America should be having in this campaign season. And it should be guided by Acheson's recognition that America doesn't always know the shape of the world, the balance of forces or the way to combat rising insurgencies. When I queried a business friend about this dilemma of America power, he offered a contrarian thought: What is the right "market share" for the U.S. in global influence?
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