Like it or not, the U.S. must lead the world
What would the world look like today if Harry Truman or Dwight Eisenhower had shared the foreign-policy inclinations of Barack Obama or, far more dangerous, Donald Trump?
Obama has presided over an experiment in withdrawal from the Middle East, a region that the U.S. had long considered vital. Trump would accelerate the withdrawal, and make it global, because “we’re a poor country now,” as he told the Washington Post’s editorial board last week.
Circumstances have forced Obama to undo or reverse aspects of his experiment, but at one point it included pulling all U.S. troops from Iraq, with plans to do the same in Afghanistan; abandoning Libya after intervening to depose its dictator; tepid support for the democracy movement that emerged in the Arab Spring, and a refusal to help those fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, whose overthrow Obama said he favored.