The United States has interests all around the globe, because businesses that have been the backbone of American commerce have interests all around the globe. Many of these global pursuits resulted from U.S. policy that made it financially prudent to do business elsewhere. Add to this our dependence on foreign sources to meet our energy needs (again, a result of U.S. policies).
The fact U.S. business has chosen to exercise the right to move outside the United States is not an acceptable reason to place our military at risk in foreign lands. Neither is it acceptable to put our fighting men and women in harms way to act as a global police force, effectively taking a side in domestic disputes. Unfortunately, maintaining stability in the Middle East is necessary to the stability of domestic energy prices. Where the issue lies is in the method and the motive. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the U.S. rushed to the rescue. Our response was swift and sure. We were in and out, and I don’t recall there being much political opposition here at home, or anywhere else.
But foreign policy is more than just war, it’s also trade and diplomacy. It’s everything we do to affect events on every continent and in every nation. Over the last two centuries, U.S. foreign policy has varied greatly from administration to administration. At times we’ve been isolationists and at other times, globalists. This vacillation adds to the instability of many disappointed nations that have counted on us at different times for different things.
Another issue worth noting is our membership in, and support of, a world-governing body known as the United Nations (UN). This organization does not represent the best interests of the U.S.
Fixing Foreign Policy in 2016
George Washington cautioned us in his Farewell Address to “steer clear of permanent alliances with any part of the foreign world.” He told us to always take care to remain in a “respective defensive posture.” As for war? I’ll paraphrase George: let’s finish the commitments we’ve already made, and be done with it.
I concur with his assessment on these and other issues. He was definitely the right man for the job of setting the course of a newly formed United States of America. He gave sound advice with regard to both foreign and domestic policy.
The United States must stop meddling in the affairs of other nations, and tend more carefully to her own. This is not to say we don’t extend a helping hand when one is requested, or that we never defend a nation under attack. But what the Father of America said is true, and I’ll paraphrase it again. If we go about the business of liberty, our prosperity will make other nations jealous for our achievements. They’ll make themselves a free people without our interference and, for the most part, without our help.
As for remaining in a “respective defensive posture,” we need to make certain those who would do us harm understand our patriotism runs deep. An attack on one U.S. citizen is an attack on all. When foreign nations extend an open hand to us, we’ll shake it. If a fist, we’ll beat them bloody. If all nations knew without a doubt any attack against U.S. interests would be met with a swift and sure response, the people of those nations would police themselves accordingly, just as we do. The yearning of all humanity is to be free and secure. Their jealousy for liberty would compel them to take charge of their own governments, by whatever means, as our Founders did.
If the U.S. were producing her own oil, the stability of the Middle East would be irrelevant to the stability of energy prices here at home. Whatever help Congress voted to give, to whatever nation that formally and officially asked for it, would then be received as bona fide goodwill. It would not be construed as the U.S. “looking for ways to take oil.”
The UN may, at a point in the past, have represented the interest of peace and prosperity. Today it does not. It is hostile to our interests. There is no justification for the support of a body that does not have our best goals at it’s core. UN policy is contrary to our Constitution and we should withdraw membership.