PostOpinions contributor Robert Kagan says that while “soft” and “smart” power may be in vogue, there’s a danger in forgetting the importance of U.S. military power.
The world’s free trade, free market economy has depended on America’s ability to keep trade routes open. In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has threatened to blockade the strategic waterway, but the U.S. Navy has said it will not allow that to happen. MC3 Kenneth Abbate/AP Buy Photo