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Why putting the US first is timely

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By Michael Breen

The vision of the new American president, Donald Trump to "put America first" captures the shift in the American role in the world that has been going on for the past 25 years.

For all the policy nervousness it is causing here and in other capitals, this new vision is not a bad thing. In fact, I would argue, it is both timely and good.

To make this point, consider the role the U.S. has played internationally in the last century and consider what may lie ahead in the next century.

One hundred years ago this April, the U.S. joined World War One and emerged as a major actor on the international stage. A generation later, U.S. involvement in World War Two was the key factor in the defeat of fascism and the biological race theory that underpinned its European form.

Then, in the 40 or so years from the end of that war, when the European colonial powers were spent and communism swept through much of the world, the U.S. held the torch for freedom, democracy and human........

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