George W. Bush, the non-interventionist

“Let us have an American foreign policy that reflects American character The modesty of true strength. The humility of real greatness.”

“I’m not so sure the role of the United States is to go around the world and say, ‘This is the way it’s got to be.’ […] I think one way for us to end up being viewed as ‘the ugly American’ is for us to go around the world saying, ‘We do it this way; so should you.'”

“Somalia started off as a humanitarian mission and changed into a nation-building mission. And that’s where the mission went wrong. The mission was changed. And as a result, our nation paid a price. And so I don’t think our troops ought to be used for what’s called ‘nation building.’ I think what we need to do is to convince the people who live in the lands [themselves] to build the nations. Maybe I’m missing something here ? we’re going to have kind of a ‘nation-building corps’ from America?”

“If we’re an arrogant nation, they’ll resent us. If we’re a humble nation, but strong, they’ll welcome us. Our nation stands alone right now in the world in terms of power and that’s why we’ve got to be humble. [We should be] proud and confident in our values, but humble in how we treat nations that are figuring out how to chart their own course.”

–George W. Bush, the non-interventionist presidential candidate
(quoted in Ron Paul: The Revolution)