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photoRobert Kagan trumpeted the case for preemption in Iraq, whether or not Europe and the UN pitched in. As U.S. dominance has grown, so has anger toward us. America, Kagan argues, has rightly responded by becoming the world's sheriff.

Hear a conversation with Robert Kagan about America's unilateral moral imperative to spread democracy.


Robert Kagan, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he is director of the U.S. Leadership Project. His new book is "Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order." He is also a monthly columnist for the Washington Post and author of "A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990."

This program aired on February 16, 2004.

Tom Ashbrook Twitter Former Host, On Point
Tom Ashbrook is an award-winning journalist and host of WBUR and NPR's On Point.