The character of the role of the American people in international affairs has been molded to a considerable extent by two factors-the attitudes and perspectives of our founding fathers and our geopolitical position. Our early leaders were profoundly influenced by the age of the enlightenment that period of intellectual ferment based on the proposition that the application of rational thoughts could cure the ills of mankind and bring about peace and harmony.
"American Attitudes Toward Foreign Policy,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 32
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol32/iss3/3