From its earliest days, the United States has struggled with the question of how involved it should get in world affairs. In his farewell address, George Washington took a decidedly isolationist stance, saying "The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible." William Kristol says times have changed since America's early days of isolationism, and that the nation needs to embrace its role as a 21st century imperial power. He says American leadership is good for both America and the world — and that such leadership requires military strength and a political will that most American leaders have been afraid to show. This hour, William Kristol's view of America's role in the post-September 11th world.
William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and Chair of The Project for the New American Century
This program aired on December 18, 2001.