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Hussein hadn’t been removed from power, the NSA’s spying on Germany and whether the borders in the Middle East are outdated.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 That doesn’t seem to me the story of a country that is isolationist and has withdrawn from the world.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. RM Fenner

    Enjoyed your interview with Bannon. Wish you would have ask about Mexico paying for the border wall. Also, wish you would have pinned him down on ZTE.

    June 1, 2018 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  2. Bert Bass

    The last statement on Zakaria tv was Bork fired the govt cyber coordinator but time ran out to question that statement.Why has that not been addressed, how can that action be ignored?

    July 22, 2018 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  3. Suzanne C Wochos

    Cannot find Fareed's columns in the "Post" anymore–they're outdated–and cannot find the August 19, 2018, GPS coverage, either. I was interested in the opinion on the recession and its current effects.

    August 19, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Reply
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    Have you read "The Fifth Risk"? I would like to know your evaluation of it.

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