by: the Common Constitutionalist
Every time the United States has gone to war and even during a postwar period, there is the inevitable debate of isolationism versus intervention – diplomacy versus a military solution.
Going all the way back to George Washington, where many mistook Washington’s want for neutrality as isolationism. Prior to both World Wars, there were many who called to remain isolated.
It’s a natural tendency, particularly after a long protracted engagement, to simply say, “the heck with the rest of the world – we can’t solve everyone’s problems and we can’t be the world’s 911”.
In other words, this foreign policy debate is nothing new.
So I found it interesting when I discovered a CNN.com article I printed from last December and just forgot about. It was entitled, “Against a New American Isolationism“, by John Glenn (not that John Glenn).
The article began by stating, “At a moment when diplomacy is back in the international spotlight, are Americans becoming isolationist, wanting the United States to pull back from the world?” And that, “Democratic strategist Doug Sosnik released a memo identifying ‘pull back from the rest of the world’ as the number one area of consensus across the political spectrum ahead of the 2014 elections.”