Sir, In “An end to the indispensable nation” (November 21), Robert Kagan praises pre-Trump America’s “abnormally unselfish” and “enlightened perspective” in stationing troops in Europe and Asia for the past 70 years “with little obvious payback” in order to “protect its allies”. If a boy from Tennessee, or my son, is to fight, bleed and die for “little obvious payback” to our country, for nations who do not meaningfully prepare to protect themselves, then to heck with “enlightenment” and “abnormal unselfishness”.

P Colby

Alexandria, VA, US

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