Nancy Soderberg

Nancy E. Soderberg served as a senior official in the Clinton administration and is the author of The Superpower Myth, the Use and Misuse of American Might

Recent Articles

Learning from Iraq

Sands of Empire: Missionary Zeal, American Foreign Policy, and the Hazards of Global Ambition by Robert W. Merry (Simon & Schuster, 320 pages, $26.00)

Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq by Larry Diamond (Times Books, 369 pages, $25.00)

Ambassador or Embitterer

U.S. policy over the last four years has been driven by the false belief that, as the lone superpower, the United States is powerful enough to bend the world to its will, and John Bolton embodies this dangerous hegemonic ideology. It is a costly myth that has made the superpower burden heavier, not just in having to handle the insurgency in Iraq on its own but also in seeking to garner world coalitions to counter threats from terrorism and proliferators. And the fact that, in recent years, anti-Americanism has spiked to unprecedented levels around the globe has made achieving these goals infinitely harder.