Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Isolationism Bogeyman

"The ludicrous, destructive, curiously enduring myth of U.S. isolationism" examined by Chase Madar — Ostrich America? His first paragraph:
    Of all the received ideas that clog America’s foreign-policy discourse, none is more at variance with reality than the threat of so-called isolationism. We have never been more engaged with every corner of the world, yet we have never been lectured more often about the consequences of “retreating within our borders.” The more countries we attack—Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen—the more dire warnings we get about national introversion. The specter of isolationism has never looked healthier.

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