Prof. Stephen Walt warns against an overly expansive definition of American interests in his conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter. In the short clip, he calls for more restraint and worries about Obama’s potential for excessive international activism. Those remarks brought to mind Prof. Bacevich’s The Limits of Power, which I had the chance to read on my flight back east this weekend. I agree with Clark that it is the book conservatives, and indeed anyone interested in a sane U.S. foreign policy, ought to read this year.

Here is an essay adapated from The Limits of Power that appeared in TAC earlier this year.