Chapter XI. Conclusion
The challenges America faces are great, yet we have enormous power and
influence to address those challenges. The times require an ambitious national
security strategy, yet one recognizing the limits to what even a nation as powerful
as the United States can achieve by itself. Our national security strategy is
idealistic about goals, and realistic about means.
There was a time when two oceans seemed to provide protection from problems
in other lands, leaving America to lead by example alone. That time has long
since passed. America cannot know peace, security, and prosperity by retreating
from the world. America must lead by deed as well as by example. This is how
we plan to lead, and this is the legacy we will leave to those who follow.
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