Claire Berlinski: Two hours of debate. Eight minutes for foreign policy--at the end of the debate. Not one serious argument made about it. Have we collectively decided as a nation that we don't need a foreign policy? Does foreign policy poll badly these days?
Paul A. Rahe: We live in a dangerous time. In times of terrible economic stress, people are apt to ignore foreign affairs. It is in times like these that nations sew the seeds of future defeat.
FP: Rahe is exactly right. Dominant powers decay from inside, usually via self-destruction.