Fred Barnes is a smart guy and a good speaker. John Stossel is also a smart guy and a good speaker. The average American, I believe, will take the Barnes position in the debate presented.
What a shame because the neocon/interventionist approach receives failing grades over many decades across the spectrum. Mr. Barnes and the Kristol, Kagan, Gaffney, McCain, Graham-led crowd are cheerleaders for the new world order centric military/industrial complex, interventionist foreign policy approach. This group needs to explain to Americans the value of the obvious debacles in Korea (we wrongly still have land forces there), Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. And while defending a WWII neocon approach, the $2.1 million per American soldier pentagon budget detailed by Eric Prince (founder of Blackwater Worldwide) needs to see some public daylight. Mr. Barnes and the neocons are cheerleaders, not objective historians. Americans are well served to read The Power Problem by Cato Institute’s Chris Preble. Objective non-partisan reasoning is on full display in Mr. Preble’s historic effort to help America right a ship that has sailed far from the course intended in the Constitution by the Founders.