A Republic, Not an Empire

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A Republic, Not an Empire: Reclaiming America's Destiny
AuthorPatrick J. Buchanan
CountryUnited States
SubjectsIntervention (international law), United States--Foreign relations
PublisherRegnery Publishing
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages437 pp
327.73/009 21
LC ClassE183.7 B83 1999

A Republic, Not An Empire is a 1999 book by American political figure Patrick J. Buchanan.


Buchanan critiques foreign policy commitments by the United States and holds that should be in keeping with foreign policy encapsulated in George Washington's Farewell Address, in that America's chief business lay on the American continent. He likens America's overseas involvement to those of past empires—and predicts a similar decline without a change in course. Buchanan writes, "Present U.S. foreign policy, which commits America to go to war for scores of nations in regions where we have never fought before, is unsustainable. As we pile commitment upon commitment in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Persian Gulf, American power continues to contract--a sure formula for foreign policy disaster."

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