George F. Will: A look back at when isolationism ruled the land

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  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    re comment 11:52

    "Restoration"...not "Reformation"...


  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    When you're a pundit, you're under pressure to say/write something...anything...

    George's effort today speaks to that reality.

    However, George did write an excellent book titled "Reformation"... a sharp departure from the weekly anti-Obama messages perfunctorily issued by George today.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 23, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    The isolationism of the 1920s and 30s was fed by the disillusionment that set in after the first World War for which many Americans felt that U.S. involvement had been a mistake. That sentiment was expressed in the very title of the Hemingway novel A Farewell to Arms. Like Obama today, Woodrow Wilson found his political capital exhausted in Congress which had no will to sign on for Wilson's internationalist vision with America as key player. It took the attack on Pearl Harbor to cause American opinion to turn on a dime.

    The disillusionment now felt after a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is evident in national reluctance to get entangled in Syria. We can try to learn from history, as Will argues. But in a rapidly changing world, yesterday's conventional wisdom has a shelf life.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Sept. 22, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    George Will's version of history is strange indeed. Willkie an interventionist? His only effective campaigning point was that FDR was leading us into war. Time for George to head back to school...

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 22, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    You know if George wrote more stuff like this in his pieces, I would be a regular reader. You can absolutely bring value to a discussion without falling into the typical talking points rhetoric. Before even these events, the role of American power erupted into heavy debate as was high lighted by the Great White Fleet - and the battle between congress and then United States President Theodore Roosevelt.

    Everything old is new, and everything new is also old. These are not new debates. This is not our first time down these roads. And it likely will not be the last either. But if we can keep partisan labels off the table, and talk simply policy, we would all gain far more.