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Hussein hadn’t been removed from power, the NSA’s spying on Germany and whether the borders in the Middle East are outdated.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 That doesn’t seem to me the story of a country that is isolationist and has withdrawn from the world.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

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    June 1, 2018 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • Barry

      Dear Fareed,

      I am a conservative who faithfully watches GPS. I don't agree with much of your conclusions on public policy, but I have always respected and admired your, what I think of, well reasoned arguments. I especially appreciated your comments about our broken asylum laws. My respect for you increased immensely. Best wishes.

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    Cannot find Fareed's columns in the "Post" anymore–they're outdated–and cannot find the August 19, 2018, GPS coverage, either.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.

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