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In Democracy in America (1835-40), French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) argued that U.S. democracy could not pursue long-term foreign policy interests. "A democracy," Tocqueville wrote, "finds it difficult to. ..fix on some plan and carry it through with deter- mination." Any president, trying to distinguish himself from his predeces-...