A couple of months ago Lind published the most interesting article on the future of U.S. foreign policy that I've read in the past year or so. I've been meaning to link to it, but I just haven't gotten around to doing so until now. "The world after Bush" (as the article is called) appeared in the November 2006 issue of the U.K. Prospect.
Samuelson's column is mostly devoted to waning U.S. influence, but you'll see towards the end that he makes an interesting point about the size of Social Security and Medicare spending in comparison to military spending.
Fouad Ajami reminds us that it was not naive idealism that motivated President Bush's Middle East policies. The old order, he says, was hardly inspiring and certainly not especially friendly to the United States.