We tried isolationism and it didn’t work worth a damn. We tried to stay out of World Wars I and II, but all we accomplished by waiting was fighting a much stronger foe. It seems that no matter what we do, we are criticized, so we might as well do what we feel is right. We are criticized for medling in countries like Somalia and we are criticized because we don’t get involved in countries like Rwanda or Sudan. It is particularly irritating when we hear bitching from counties like France. We have spent the last half century trying to clean up the mess they made in their former colonies, not to mention saving their ass in two world wars earlier in the 20th century. I don’t expect them to agree with everything we do, but at least have the decency to shut up and stay out of the way.