THE NATION: Only an Idiot...

From across the Atlantic came dismayed cries and anxious questions: Did the elections mean that the U.S. was planning a retreat from its leadership in the world? In a year of war in Asia and tension in Europe, was the U.S. trying to turn the clock back?

Considering the U.S.'s deeds in the world since Pearl Harbor, if not its words, such questions sounded a little silly to most Americans, yet the first authoritative Republican voice to be heard gave the worriers cold comfort. Hardly had the ballots been counted before Ohio's Robert...

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