Which standard should Americans follow? Isaacson hedged,
writing that while “welcoming the return of some realism, let’s
not forget that America’s strength comes from its values.” To
help determine whether you would write the future policy script

with a realist or idealist/liberal theme, or perhaps both (full internationalism) or neither (isolationism), consider the following
eight scenarios. Assume that you are the U.S. president,
and the (assignment topic) scenario your maximum cost will be 5,000
American troops killed and $500 billion. Then decide whether you are willing to order U.S. forces into action
and pay the price.

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