The United States—the most carefree, happiest empire in history—now confronts the question of whether it can escape Rome’s fate. The challenge can be localized, for a moment in Afghanistan, then in Iraq, but it is global in character. This nation has no choice but to exercise its imperial power, and how it does so will shape the emerging world order and test its own legitimacy as a democratic society.
"The Challenges of American Imperial Power,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 56
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol56/iss2/6