His new history of America's early centuries argues that even from its colonial era, this has been — as his book's title has it — a "dangerous nation"... imagining itself a benign "city on the hill" and peace-loving model of liberty, but in fact a messianic, expansionist, power-projecting empire on the make.
It's history that makes the Iraq War look almost inevitable, and Robert Kagan is fine with that.
This hour On Point: American DNA, and Robert Kagan's "Dangerous Nation."
Robert Kagan, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of "Dangerous Nation," and columnist for the Washington Post
This program aired on January 3, 2007.