Burning Issues: Lawrence Wilkerson on U.S. Empire-Building

The U.S. has “become, in essence, the new Rome,” says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell in the George W. Bush administration, in this Burning Issues video segment.

Wilkerson, who is now an adjunct professor at the College of William and Mary, offers a sharp critique of U.S. “imperial power,” warfare and empire-building. “We need to manage the movement from an imperial power to a peer power,” he argues, and he assesses which of the presidential candidates have the temperament and policies that would move the country in that direction.

Wilkerson concludes that presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is the only candidate “who seems to understand, both intuitively and intellectually” the foreign policy crisis the country faces.

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