Letter to an Isolationist

The dread word isolationism is again being tossed at the U.S. You may think you don't deserve that label, but the fact is that you have turned sharply against American involvements abroad. That is partly because isolationism is as American as apple pie, partly because the cold war is over, partly because in Bosnia, Somalia and Haiti, Clinton and his foreign policy team evoke the gang that couldn't shoot straight. That impression was certainly reinforced by the spectacle of the "world's only superpower" beating a panicky retreat in Mogadishu over the deaths of 18 American troops. But, you say, along with...

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