Excerpts from National Review
Dictators such as those in Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Russia, Syria, and Venezuela predated George Bush. They hate the United States not just because of Bush’s tough-guy rhetoric. The problem instead is that their agendas — getting nukes, bullying neighbors, taking back disputed land, supporting terrorists, jacking up oil prices, and stifling political dissent — are not reconcilable with America’s traditional vision of a democratic, free-market global system.
What keeps the so-called civilized world civilized each day is largely the willingness of the U.S. to invest vast resources to protect admirable but weaker nations. America keeps Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and democracies in Asia and Latin America safe from regional bad actors. That way these countries can help spread shared ideas about freedom and progress to less fortunate others.