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  •  It's just a return to pre-WWII attitudes. (0+ / 0-)

    The US was traditionally isolationist, all the way up to WWI (not counting the exploitation of Latin America for US's own interests, though I wouldn't condemn Teddy for the Panama Canal, as the entire world benefited, even if the US benefited more than most, and Colombia lost the Panama isthmus in the process).

    And right after WWI ended, the US went right back to being isolationist (even refused to join the League of Nations, that Wilson himself thought of), and stayed that way until attacked at Pearl Harbor.  

    Then the thinking became that the reason WWII came about was that the US, UK, and France all became isolationist after WWI, including essentially disarming, which allowed Hitler to step into the resulting void.  The West vowed not to make that "mistake" again, particularly with Stalin already in place ready to assume the Hitler role.

    But now, at last, the populace has grown tired of being world police, so we are going to return to our isolationist roots.

    •  That's not really accurate history. (6+ / 0-)

      For one thing, all nations were required to disarm. France and Great Britain did not unilaterally disarm while Germany armed. They all did, including us (downsized).

      The "big bombs" of post WWI were battleships and navies. Everyone was limited by international treaties following WWI.

      Also, you left out the punitive conditions imposed on Germany which left them so hopeless and desperate that people like Hitler and his thugs could take power. These conditions imposed on Germany wrecked their economy early on.  

      There were many factors to WWII taking place, but US isolationism wasn't among the greatest.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 10:01:02 PM PDT

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