George F. Will: 40 years later, McGovern's ideas have triumphed

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  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 2:00 p.m.

    Nicely stated Mr. Will.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Oct. 25, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    America’s natural inclination is towards isolationism. World Wars I and II were European wars that America got drawn into. American temperament won’t sustain perpetual U.S. involvement overseas. It takes something like a Pearl Harbor or a 911 to arouse us to take action. Absent that, there’s a perpetual American aversion to involvement in foreign wars.

    That’s how George McGovern could go from being a 1940s bomber pilot decorated for combat valor to being scorned as an addled peacenik in the Vietnam era two decades later..

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    Nice to see a conservative columnist showing how silly some of Romney's "positions" are.

    "Syria's Jeffersonian caucus?" Hilarious.

    "Romney thinks America should have 'a military second to none,' which it will have until the next dozen or so largest militaries merge." Brutal.

    Yes, we could cut our military spending in half and still have a military second to none. We could easily close half of the 700 to 800 military bases we occupy in foreign countries and probably not lose a step. We could cut our military presence in Germany from 75,000 to, say, 1,000, and I imagine the region would probably not disintegrate into another world war.

    Time to look at what our place really is in the world. Is it our job to be the world's policeman? If not, then let's cut our military presence back to something resembling what other nations consider sufficient.