Barney Frank: 'I Don't Want [America] To Be The Indispensable Nation' FMR. REP. BARNEY FRANK (D-MASS.) "But my basic point is, that in any case we haven't got a lot to say about it. And, you have this notion -- look, here's my disagreement with President Obama on this one issue, because I think he does an extraordinarily good job and I'm very supportive. He says, America is the 'indispensable nation.' By which they mean we got to be everywhere there's trouble. We can't do it, we can't afford it anymore. It's not our obligation to do while wealthier nations are sitting back and given the resentment of America and a whole range of other things, we often wind up -- despite good intentions that I think we often have -- doing more harm than good. I don't want to be the indispensable nation."