Mahan’s political thought, based on a combination of national interest and moral responsibility, marked him as neither a trigger-happy imperialist nor a rambunctious schoolboy but a soberminded observer of world affairs.
Varacalli, Thomas F.X.
"National Interest and Moral Responsibility in the Political Thought of Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 69
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol69/iss2/9