As American citizens....voters....it is our job to hold American leaders to this middle path in the world. This will not be easy. Sometimes quick action to protect business interests will need to take a back seat to other values. Sometimes we will have to sever relationships with old allies that don't share our interests. When we don't live up to our own values, we will need to point it out fast...before others even have the chance.
And it will require that we stay informed. Americans have mostly built lives where we don't have to be bothered by events outside our own little worlds. But being a good citizen, holding leaders accountable, and voting for the right people requires a little bit of attention.
Not everyone has to subscribe to Foreign Affairs and start reading newspapers from around the world. But a small awareness of events overseas, beyond the disaster reports on television news, would help. Most importantly, when American leaders start talking about some foreign "enemy," our ears should perk up. We should listen to the charges, seek out other views, and weigh the proposed actions against what we know are the true American values.
Providing that information and weighing US actions against US interests in the world are the goals of this site.