The empire of freedom

Ben Shapiro dreams of Rome:

But now, America faces a crossroads. Since the death of the Soviet Union, we are unquestionably the world’s only superpower, the world’s remaining empire. Acquiring an empire requires a different mindset than maintaining and expanding one. Empires either decline or they grow. If America is to survive and flourish, Americans must realize that empire isn’t a choice: It’s a duty….

No one said empire was easy, but it is right and good, both for Americans and for the world. Forwarding freedom is always important, but it is especially important where doing so ensures America’s future security — as in Iraq. Maintaining American empire will require Americans to recognize the dangers of impatient isolationism.

Does anyone have any more doubts about the likelihood that we will bear witness to the dying throes of the Republic? Ave Caesar! I do find it curious, however, that Mr. Shapiro doesn’t see this duty extending so far as to actually serve in the military himself.

There are times when the chickenhawk accusation isn’t fair. This is not one of them.