Bracevich describes the following prescriptions as "not a panacea but the prospect of causing present-day militaristic tendencies to abate":
- Heed the intentions of the Founders--nothing in the compact "commits or even encourages the US to employ military force to save the rest of humankind or to remake the world in its own image or even hints at any such purpose."
- Revitalize the concept of separation of powers--the presidency has not gotten too strong; Congress has failed egregiously to fulfill its responsibilities of deciding when and if the US should undertake military interventions abroad
- View Force as a Last Resort--Well, duh! Explicit renunciation of the Bush doctrine of preventative war. And return to declaratory policy in keeping with "our past moral and religious traditions, international law, and common sense."
- Enhance US self-sufficiency--a corollary of the above. Limit extent of US dependence on foreign resources.
- Organize US forces explicitly for national defense--Eschew "power projection."
- Shed unnecessary obligations
- Bring US troops home from places they are no longer needed
- Make clear to allies they have to pull their fair share of the load