If someone invades your house, you call the cops.
Wrong, Charlie: when someone breaks into/invades your house, it is too late to call 911. You shoot the ba$tard(s), then call in the cops to help clean up the mess and give you advice as to how to prevent a repeat. The same applies internationally: Nations that are threatened by invasion from powerful nations would be infinitely better off being as prepared as possible to inflict the greatest possible price on such a neighbor, and to call the US for aid after the war of self-defense is over to ask for military aid. Which country was better off after a war with a powerful neighbor was over, Belgium (which surrendered to the Germans after a month in 1940) in 1945 or Israel in 1973 (which fought like Hell and defeated the Arabs, albeit with a fair amount of US aid)?
Otherwise a pretty good article, specifically those parts that ridicule/tear down the arguments of the isolationists and the liberal internationalists.
Yes, it is long, but it's Kurauthammer.