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Robert Kagan is a potent conservative thinker who spoke up loud and early for American force to remove Saddam Hussein and championed war with Iraq. He's a neocon luminary, a sharp analyst of Europe and America, and an emerging historian to boot.

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."

Guests:

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.

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