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What should be the role of the United States in the world today?

First, the United States needs to wake itself from its Wilsonian nightmare.

We need to get out of world affairs for the next seventy years.

America needs a good night’s sleep.

We’ve been tossing and turning fitfully.

As we have been tossing and turning, the world has been tossing and turning as well.

America needs a break from the world; the world needs a break from us.

It’s a different world now than it was in 1953.

America must learn to share its leadership.

It is not economically sustainable for the United States to be all over the world anymore.

Other countries want to participate also. 

We need to enable that.

The best way to influence world affairs is through our trade policy.

By setting a few basic rules that are important to us and backing compliance up with sanctions, we can do more through peace than we can through war.

By enabling people, we create friends rather than than enemies.

This does not mean of course that we do not maintain a military and that we do not keep the peace.

We should.

To employ a metaphor, America should adopt the role that John Wayne played in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

John Wayne was the peacekeeper in town.

He wasn’t the richest guy in town. He wasn’t the mayor of the town. He didn’t even get the girl.  What he did was quietly work behind the scenes to ensure that evil people like Liberty Valance did not run roughshod over good people.

I would say that’s a pretty good metaphor for the United States and its role in the world today.

The quiet strong man.

That’s us.

 

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