“I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures. I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way.”
These are not the words of George W. Bush… Ronald Reagan, or even John Kennedy. This is the essence of the Truman Doctrine- a clear outline for America’s strategic place in the world. Though primarily written by Dean Acheson, Harry Truman’s plain spoken manner made the intent abundantly clear. Our security at home was directly tied to our vigilance abroad.
Would such decisive language be welcomed… by Democrats today? Politicians on both sides of the aisle seem to be embracing the self-destructive tenants of isolationism. They are deluded as were our early leaders that neutrality was not only desired, but possible.