I understand it’s easier said than done, but principally, the United States needs be involved in the foreign affairs of the world. Isolationism is not the answer. We can’t simply withdraw from global conflict and cater solely to our own national wants and needs. To me, that’s a form of selfishness; a form of pride. When 90%+ of the world lives a drastically different reality than you do, yet you fail to engage on liberty’s behalf, that’s selfish arrogance. Contrary to popular notion, there is a whole wide world out there apart from our 50 states. The critical affairs of life are happening beyond our borders. America is not the center of the world. We live bubbled, posh lives here in the States, generally unaware of the world’s pertinent issues.
Isolationism is the easy way out, a coward’s way out to avoid the harsh global reality of violently venal, inhumane rule. America has been blessed richly as a nation, we’ve been given so much. Therefore, as the old proverb goes, “Where much is given, much is required.” Where there is much power, there is much responsibility. We must use our influence to serve. Whether that means providing economical or educational assets, strategically dismantling dark regimes prone to the bloodshed of innocents, or simply guiding developing countries with tactful instruction. America must take on the role of the global servant leader, pouring out goodness and justice while expecting nothing in return. If we authentically applied a servant’s mentality to our foreign relations, we would see the fruits of that labor on every level. If we fail to embrace that calling, we will start seeing the crumbling of basic freedoms, and as the Politico article concludes with,
“Americans may believe or hope that other countries will step in to fill the void, or perhaps they are not fully aware that there will be a void. They may not care one way or another. Others, however, have little choice but to care. It is a peculiarity of the international system that for reasons of geography, natural resources, population size and the stable nature of their political system, Americans will be among the last to suffer if the world order does break down as [we] retreat behind [our] oceans. Those regions of the world that exist on the front lines will not be so lucky.Which is why today’s ambivalence in those places is already starting to shade over into anxiety…“
” The world never really loved America as much as Americans like to think. In the Eisenhower era, to take one period now seen in rosy hues, Latin mobs pelted Vice President Richard Nixon’s motorcade with stones, shouting, “Out, dog! We won’t forget Guatemala!” Angry Japanese students protested American “imperialism,” forcing President Dwight Eisenhower to cancel a “goodwill” visit to Tokyo, and Ike spent his days wishing he could find a way to get people in other countries “to like us instead of hating us.” In the late 1960s and again in the 1980s, young Europeans took to the streets by the millions to protest American foreign policy. Even in the 1990s, with Bill Clinton and Al Gore in office, the French foreign minister decried the American “hyperpower,” while leading intellectual Samuel P. Huntington wrote of a “lonely superpower,” widely hated across the globe for its “intrusive, interventionist, exploitative, unilateralist, hegemonic, hypocritical” behavior
…Yet always there was the other aspect of the United States, the one most valued if least spoken about. This was the America that others counted on, for security against threatening neighbors, as the defender of the oceans and the world’s trade routes, as the keeper of the global balance, as the guarantor of an economic and political order whose benefits were widely enjoyed. This was the America whose troops were invited into Europe as protection against both a resurgent Germany and the Soviets in the late 1940s. This was the America whose movie-actor president Helmut Kohl, François Mitterrand and Margaret Thatcher looked to for trans-Atlantic solidarity, and to whom Polish workers and Soviet dissidents turned for hope and inspiration. This was the America that, for all its undeniable flaws, became indispensable after World War II and whose departure from the scene was usually more feared than its presence… ”
The Ambivalent Superpower – complete article – Robert Kagan via POLITICO.com