July 18th, 2014
09:34 AM ET

Fareed Zakaria answers your questions

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Fareed Zakaria answers readers’ questions on the U.S. role in the world, whether Iraq would have been more stable if Saddam Hussein hadn’t been removed from power, the NSA’s spying on Germany and whether the borders in the Middle East are outdated.

Do you believe there’s a shift toward isolationism in the United States?

I think there’s a shift toward less involvement and engagement in the world. Some of this is unfortunate. It shows up, for example, in the suspicion towards trade, towards immigrants. But for the most part, I think Americans retain a healthy openness to the world and a healthy openness to America being engaged in the world.

When people shout about isolationism, it’s worth remembering that the United States – with the support of the American people – still maintains thousands of troops in foreign countries, in dozens of bases around the world. We have 60 treaty alliances. In many of them we’re committed to the defense of these countries – from Japan, to South Korea, to Germany. That doesn’t seem to me the story of a country that is isolationist and has withdrawn from the world.

But it’s true that from certain heights, especially after 9/11 – where the United States was, in my view, too engaged, and too engaged in the details and nation building operations in many, many parts of the world – we’re drawing back, and that draw back has some public support.

So, I’m not ready to wave the flag of isolationism, I don’t see it. But I do think in some areas there are some troubling signs. The part that worries me most is about trade and people, because the thing that has historically made the United States so strong has been its ability to open itself up to ideas, to people, and then to adapt and adjust and become stronger from that.

Watch the video for all his responses.

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  1. Lyle Jenkins

    Great show this morning (GPS) on refugees, etc.!

    Where has CNN been hiding Rula Jebreal? An astounding voice on the refugee crisis, the Middle East, etc.

    January 29, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  2. M Michaels

    There are a lot of mentions of Orwell's "1984" these days. Please call attention to another of his works, "Animal Farm," which eerily hits home right now as much as, if not more than, 1984. Given you are a member of the media as well as an intellectual, your thoughts on this work would be of interest. Your show is a must-see every week, and a service to our country. How fortunate we are that you chose the U.S. as your home.

    February 6, 2017 at 2:31 am | Reply
  3. G Orwell

    "Syria we didn't intervene"? Obama sent weapons to al qaeda (2013) in response to Asaad using chemical weapons, but your take (the US media take) is what most people want to hear.Way to keep that false message alive.

    February 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  4. helen schwerter

    It is so obvious that talking is always better than going to war which very often harms young soldiers, and non combatives and collateral damage where the war takes place. I am not so concerned about Iran, but rather I am worried about North Korea. I have many years (right now 84) and wonder why we don't ask for those who want war to sign up and go to the front lines. Perhaps there woud be more in favor of talking, not going to fight everyone and everyw.here.

    February 21, 2017 at 9:07 pm | Reply
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