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AMERICAN RESONSIBILITY

11:00 PM, Mar 31, 1996 • By ERNEST W. LEFEVER
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Your editorial "It's Foreign Policy, Stupid" (Mar. 18) gives solid advice to Bob Dole, but permit me to take exception to the word "internationalist" to describe what Reagan was and what the Republicans should be.


What precisely is an internationalist? Surely you meant that Reagan pursued a responsible foreign policy that served American interests and the larger interests of peace and freedom.


Congressional Republicans are following Reagan's lead when they advocate policies that Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. calls isolationist. He wrongly defines American isolationism as a diminished interest in operating through the United Nations and other international organizations.


Hardly. Reluctance to rely on Security Council resolutions to finance questionable peacekeeping missions may be a robust expression of American responsibility-imperial responsibility if you will -- in the dangerous post- Cold War world.



ERNEST W. LEFEVER, CHEVY CHASE, MD