Next time I need an example of the American aversion to foreign entanglements, I can link here. Last week I wrote to a UK audience about the UN’s dangerous game, that many Americans would would not cry if the institution crumbled. You gave a succinct summary of the general sentiment.

That said, we have a better intervention record than most give us credit for. Arguably American foreign policy since WWII delayed additional world wars, and it is our wobbliness that generally sees violence grow. But that still doesn’t change the fact that many of us aren’t interested in the roll of Imperial Policeman that we’ve played for decades. We can’t do it always or forever. Yet, the more everyone else expects us to play the role, the more our mistakes cost, us and everybody else.



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Leslie Loftis

Teacher of life admin and curator of commentary. Occasional writer.