But America Needs to be Loved…

Ed Morrissey grabs the ball and breaks for daylight:

If you believe that America’s primary mission in the world is to be loved, then that leads to the following foreign-policy choices:

  • Redistribute American wealth to other countries on a massive scale without preconditions
  • Withdraw our military presence from the world, including our defense of global trading routes
  • End support for Israel

The mission to spread freedom and liberty, which has been our primary focus for at least the last sixty years, does not bring immediate popularity.  It challenges the entrenched interests of oppressive ruling classes, and it irritates those who would rather turn a blind eye to tyranny in order to make a short-term profit from it.  The reward for freeing millions and defeating tyrants is not in the immediate gratification of self-indulgent “love”, but in the security of reducing oppression and allowing people to rule themselves and make their own decisions — which has inevitably led to safer, less hostile nations.