It shouldn’t be startling to discover that other people have different perspectives.

Philosophy aside, evidence discloses cases where US interventionism did more good than harm (World War II, the Cold War), and cases where it did more harm than good (Iraq). While the Korean War was tough, the ensuing 6+ decades of increasing South Korean freedom and prosperity suggest the sacrifice may have been worthwhile.

The world has never been more peaceful, thanks largely to Wilsonian alliance systems + FDR’s free trade policies.

I cited Prohibition as evidence of Wilson’s feminist sympathies. Prohibition was a poor solution to a real problem, but does not rank among the greatest evils in our national history.

New Deal relief programs mitigated the Depression; unlimited wartime spending ended it. Since then, New Deal reforms have smoothed the boom-bust cycle so successfully that we’ve never had another major depression.

As commanders-in-chief, presidents approve & execute grand strategy. FDR won World War II as much as any civilian leader ever won a war. He tended to share or deflect credit, like when he declined a Nobel Peace Prize and recommended it be given instead to his Secretary of State, Cordell Hull.

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