The toxic cult of America's national interest

Only a misguided cult would exalt Henry Kissinger...

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In getting a handle on the basic foreign policy issues of our day — how to think about the NSA leaks, or what the hell to do about Syria — the basic intellectual divide isn't the one you'd immediately think of. It's not the split between Left and Right, or civil libertarians and security state hawks, or interventionists and non-interventionists.

It's between those who buy into the cult of America's national interest and those who don't.

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