We're internationally engaged and assertive.

Charles Krauthammer

"Call it democratic realism. And this is its axiom: We will support democracy everywhere, by we will commit blood and treasure only in places where there is a strategic necessity- meaning, places central to the larger war against the existential enemy, the enemy that poses a global threat to freedom."

Charles Krauthammer, Democratic Realism, The AEI Press, 2004

Carl Schurz

"I will speak of Americanism as the great representative of the reformatory age, as the great champion of the dignity of human nature, as the great repository of the last hopes of suffering mankind. I will speak of the ideal mission of this country and of this people. You may tell me that these views are visionary, that the destiny of this country is less exalted, that the American people are less great than I think they are or ought to be. I answer, ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny. I invite you to ascend with me the watchtower of history, overlooking the grand panorama of the development of human affairs, in which the American Republic stands in so bold and prominent relief."

Carl Schurz, True Americanism speech (April 18, 1859)

Arthur Larson

"Wild 'give-'em-hell' political byplay is just as much out of place as cafe pseudo-intellectualism in this austere setting. We must have a sincere high-level honest public discussion of issues, for we cannot afford to be wrong or out of date or biased in our future formulation of policy; we must be right, or our institutions and freedoms may be lost forever."

Arthur Larson - A Republican Looks at His Party

Francis Fukuyama

"We've just gone through these big Middle Eastern wars; we're tired of that, and tired of getting involved in other people's affairs, and so it's just like after Vietnam, a period of retreat. But I have always believed that in foreign policy leadership matters a lot, and you can convince Americans to do more. But you have to make the arguments in favor of that. Obama hasn't been willing to do that."

Francis Fukuyama, End of History Still in Sight Despite China's Rise, Huffington Post (July 9, 2014)

Alexander Hamilton

"A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one."

-Alexander Hamilton

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

"We cherish our friendship with all nations that are or would be free. We respect, no less, their independence. And when, in time of want or peril, they ask our help, they may honorably recieve it; for we no more seek to buy their sovereignty than we would sell our own. Sovereignty is never bartered among free men.

'We honor the aspirations of those nations which, now captive, long for freedom. We seek neither the military alliance nor any artificial imitation of our society. And they can know the warmth of the welcome that awaits them when, as must be, they join again the ranks of freedom."

Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Second Inaugural Address, 1957