John Quincy Adams said of America that “she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” Contrast that statement with the words of John F. Kennedy, speaking 140 years later: “Let every nation know…that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” These are very different visions of America. Which America are we to be? Isolationist or interventionist? Somewhere in between?
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Moderator: Rich Lowry
Editor, National Review
Senator Rand Paul
Peter Van Buren
Former State Department official and author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People and the upcoming Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent.
Jonathan Tepperman
Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs, and guest columnist for the International Herald Tribune.
Chris Coyne
F.A. Harper Professor of Economics, George Mason University
KT McFarland
Fox News National Security Analyst
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