Hence, Kenneth Waltz’s assertion that there is no counterweight to balance the might of American power is quite true. The United States, by virtue of being the only superpower, has the responsibility to protect and spread democratic values to all parts of the world. Its foreign policy should be much more than “defending and promoting material national interests”. Such was the vision of its founding fathers. In order to maintain the noble traditions of its early years, American policies should avoid making a distinction between foreign and domestic. This way, the standards applied to others will apply to themselves as well, ensuring justice to all. More importantly, America will win back the lost support from other nations (Mould, 1996, p.141). To rectify this state of affairs the United States must:
1. Pledge its actions to international law;
2. Commit itself to a consensual mode of decision-making as opposed to an independent one.
3. Upkeep policies of moderation as against extremism.
4. Successfully preserve harmony and prosperity within the union of democratic nations.
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