On April 14, the front-page headline of USA Today read, “More say U.S. focus should be home.” The story cited a USA Today/Gallup poll that found that nearly half of Americans thought the United States “Should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.”
Similarly, the New York Times ran a front-page story decrying U.S. isolationist and protectionist trends.
Did the readers of these articles stop to think about the fact that no one is really in favor of the type of isolation or protection the critics imply? No one wants to throw up walls around the United States or stop all foreign trade and commerce.
Our interventionist foreign policies, however, have produced more anti-Americanism than any isolationist could ever have caused. Back in 2002, William Schneider, in the National Journal (December 21), wrote:
Throughout the Middle East, anti-Americanism has grown along with U.S. influence . . . The United States is in a stronger position strategically and a weaker position politically. The lesson: great power breeds great resentment.
His words are even truer today, except that they apply all over the world and not just in the Middle East.
Our internationalist trade policies have killed more U.S. industries and have resulted...