TITLE

ILLUSIONS OF DISTANCE

AUTHOR(S)
Wohlstetter, Albert
PUB. DATE
January 1968
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jan1968, Vol. 46 Issue 2, p242
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the emergence of new isolationism in the United States attributed to frustrations of 25 years of engagements in remote wars. Today, sentiment favoring a withdrawal from international to domestic concerns may be based simply on fatigue; or on the familiar but unanalyzed feeling that very distant troubles are remote not simply in miles but in their likelihood of having any effect on people. The revolution in transport and communications casts doubt not only on the new isolationism of a growing minority but also on the more respectable but rather mechanical regionalism that may frequently be found in both the Democratic and Republican establishments: the grand designs for Latin American common markets, Asian common markets, African unions, economic unities spanning the Middle East from Morocco to Afghanistan, and others. In sum, neither military capabilities, nor economic interests, nor interests in cultural contacts, nor in national safety seem likely to be narrowly circumscribed by geography, to be contained for example, by continents. Neither national nor regional autarkies look sensible in either strategic or economic or political terms.
ACCESSION #
5804321

 

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