The Global Pottersville-Victor Davis Hanson

"Just as Pottersville seemed to have its adherents, so some present-day Americans relish the Schadenfreude of making the world step up to the plate — or else. Obama supporters praise the new tough love, as if the current American recessional was part of a brilliant plan to stop infantilizing our allies and instead to make them grow up and accept responsibility for their own defense. Unfortunately, the new isolationism in reality was not so much designed to bulk up our friends as to ignore them and let other, less-benign forces drive world currents."