Role of American ideals in US national security policy

What role should America's ideals play in its national security policy? Include historical, current, and hypothetical cases in the analysis.

Solution Summary

This solution is an overview of American ideals and their interplay with US national security policy starting with the country's original preference for isolationism and moving to the growing acceptance of a US global role. This solution also consider the role of idealism in US foreign policy, dating from Woodrow Wilson's 14 points to the present day. This solution also mentions the tension inherent in the modern national security state (surveillance, security, law enforcement) and American conceptions of civil liberties.