Who opposes America’s involvement in the world and wants it to disengage from it?

Liberals and libertarians (including Ron Paul and Bruce Fein) constantly claim that America’s military spending, military installations, and engagement with foreign countries (including military interventions and deployments of American troops abroad) make the US less safe by creating new enemies and antagonizing foreign nations. Is that true? To find out the answer to that question, let’s listen to the rulers of foreign countries.

The rulers of enemy countries such as Putinist Russia, Communist China, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and Nicaragua of course blame America for everything bad in this world, as do their useful idiots Paul and Fein. Russia, China, and North Korea even claim that the US is an aggressor. Russia and China believe the US is spending too much on its military. Iran has called the US the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world and the Great Satan. Ahmadinejad and Chavez call America “the big bad bully”. Leftists in Europe and Latin America of course vilify the US incessantly.

But what about America’s allies? What do they think of America’s military might, foreign policy, and engagement with the outside world?

The Heritage Foundation has compiled an interesting list of quotes of the leaders of allied countries, including Britain, Australia, South Korea, Japan, and Israel. So let’s listen to America’s allies:

British Prime Minister David Cameron

  • “My view is clear: the cause of peace and progress is best served by an America that is engaged in the world. And the values we hold dear are best defended when Britain and the United States, and the United States and Europe, stand together.” — November 29, 2007[42]

U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague

  • “In our lifetime and that of our parents the United States has been not only the ‘arsenal of democracy’ without which tyranny might have prevailed, but has also been, because of its extraordinary political diversity and the power of its example, a source of hope and inspiration to millions of people mired in conflict or oppression elsewhere in the world. My belief and my hope is that the United States will always continue to fulfill this indispensable role in world affairs, and it will find in the United Kingdom a redoubtable ally.” — November 17, 2010[43]

U.K. Defense Secretary Liam Fox

  • “[F]or the UK, our relationship with the United States, in the context of NATO, will remain critical for our security. It is our most prized and important strategic relationship.” — June 5, 2010[44]
  • “No other power than America could form the hub of a coalition to maintain global security. No wider international grouping, not even the U.N. Security Council itself, could do so either…. The fact is that, in the end, only America is taken seriously by tyrants and aggressors.” — February 16, 2006[45]

Then-U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair

  • “The danger with America today is not that they are too much involved. The danger is if they decide to pull up the drawbridge and disengage. We need them involved. We want them engaged. The reality is that none of the problems that press in on us can be resolved or even contemplated without them.” — March 27, 2006[46]

Former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

  • “America today is the only global super-power…. Only America has the reach and means to deal with Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein or the other wicked psychopaths who will sooner or later step into their shoes.” — December 9, 2002[47]

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

  • “You were indispensable in the Cold War and you are indispensable in the new world, too.” — March 10, 2011[48]

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

  • “[O]ur alliance with the United States remains core for us—the bedrock of Australia’s national security interests. The United States provides the cornerstone of security in our region….” — June 1, 2011[49]

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak

  • “[I]n such times, the strategic role of the United States is more important than ever, not only on the [Korean] Peninsula but throughout the region.” — September 21, 2009[50]

South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan

  • “[T]he ROK–U.S. alliance is a cornerstone for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia….” — February 20, 2009[51]

Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa

  • “For more than 60 years, the United States has secured the safety of the ocean as a global commons. U.S. forces alone have the capacity to deploy throughout this entire area.” — June 5, 2010[52]

President of Taiwan Ma Ying-Jeou

  • “[America’s] presence in the very system it helped create decades ago is crucial to that system’s survival. In the end, only a strong US commitment, backed by its credibility in East Asia, can guarantee the peace and stability of this region.” — May 12, 2011[53]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

  • “[T]he momentous trials of the last century and the unfolding events of this century attest to the decisive role of the United States in defending peace and advancing freedom. Providence entrusted the United States to be the guardian of liberty.” — May 24, 2011[54]
Also, in the HF’s movie 33 minutes, the Czech Ambassador to the United States speaks in favor of the Bush Administration’s missile defense plans for Europe and says, both in terms of missile defense deployment as well as America’s foreign policy in total, “If not America, then who?”
Hmm. That doesn’t sound like people alienated by America’s foreign policy. Quite the contrary, America’s allies want the US to continue to be engaged in the world, be militarily strong, and stand by them and advance freedom. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has even said, “The danger with America today is not that they are too much involved. The danger is if they decide to pull up the drawbridge and disengage. We need them involved. We want them engaged.”
America’s enemies of course believe the US is the source of everything bad in this world. But America’s allies want it to be involved, and says that “the danger is if they decide to pull up the drawbridge and disengage.”
So who is it that opposes American involvement in the world?

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