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The Founders and Us: Chapter 4

Did the Founders want a republic or an empire? Brookhiser leans toward the latter, noting that Jefferson desired Canada and Cuba — assets that would make us an “empire for liberty” — and that Washington regularly used the phrase “this rising empire.” And how would the Founders have judged the invasion of Iraq? Brookhiser says they’d have been for it if they believed an un-invaded Iraq posed a threat to this nation.