Hopes for America's foreign policy
Globalism and the need for an agressive approach
By Alex Mackiel
By Adam Kozloski
An international Gallup poll conducted in 2014 found that among 68 countries, the U.S. is rated as the greatest threat to peace in the world, far above any other country. Much of this percentage has come from countries that are in widespread disagreement with America such as Russia, but also have come from our allies. I think is it is objectively true that America is the greatest threat to peace in the world. We have such an enormously strong military and we carry out wars of aggression on our own whim without respecting international law and the guidelines of lawfully declaring war on a country when first being in imminent threat. I think is absolutely important to look at America when judging the Israel-Palestine issue and see that the leaders of America and Israel have and continue to strongly support Israel’s illegal occupations and settlements within previously held Palestinian land.
We see this same American and Israeli opposition to other states that do not operate according to America and Israel’s interests. For example, in the action we are seeing in Yemen and Syria. Yemen, is turning out to be a location of a most horrific destruction in large part caused by the U.S. and our supplying of weapons and military aid to Saudi Arabia, which is actively bombing homes, mosques, schools, hospitals and health facilities and others. America is not the only country in support of the bombing of Yemen, but also France and Britain. Given America’s history of illegally and unnecessarily bombing countries into oblivion such as the bombing of Laos in the 1960s and 70s, it is no wonder that America is and has been supplying Saudi Arabia with similar bombs to bomb the people of Yemen.
In the Syrian issue the U.S. is also deeply involved. “Working with Saudi Arabia and through Turkey, the U.S. has supplied huge quantities of weapons to the rebel/terrorists. Sophisticated weaponry totaling 994 tons was provided last winter” (Sterling, 2016). Regardless of what our reason is to be involved in Yemen it is not good, or lawful to directly support the killings of innocent people in Yemen, we are helping Saudi Arabia to turn Yemen into a wasteland in of fighting terrorism and supporting peace efforts. Really, the peace process is whatever America is doing and when the majority of the world, especially the Middle East, sees America as the greatest threat to peace, there is a major issue here. This is all compounded by the fact that major news outlets for the American people are skewed with bias and outright lies and omissions. The American people – as it is probably truth with other countries engaged in war efforts – are being manipulated by the propaganda model that is given to the public majorly through the mainstream news.
I think this is an issue worth most Americans’ attention, as with all foreign policy affairs of our country. It is extremely important that we, the inhabitants of a supposed free and democratic country make sure that America is acting as lawfully and peacefully as it can in the international arena before we even get into the specific of what a foreign policy should constitute. My opinion is that America need to support the ceasing of the regime change policy in Syria. but first, we need to understand that our war efforts should reflect the unbiased and non-manipulated opinion of the majority, where our actions in the world are constrained by our following of international law. I think it is in the interest of the majority of the world including the majority of the American people that America needs to follow a nonaggressive and noninterventionist policy when it comes to most of our unjustified and brutal military misadventures in countries that don’t even pose the beginning of a threat to the American people.
When it comes to foreign policy there is a simple truth, Power you don’t posses is power that can be used against you. In a world where alliances are constantly shifting and states both friendly and unfriendly are constantly vying for a limited pool of power, America cannot afford to give an inch of space. The fact is, the idealist world where America can afford to mind its own business is an impossible dream in our present reality. The vast oceans that used to shield us from international turmoil have long since been tamed by innovation and globalism. As the world continues to become smaller and smaller it is imperative to our survival as a nation that we continue being an international force.
When countries are ravaged by civil war or stuck by catastrophe, time and time again, it is the United States that steps up to do what other countries can’t or won’t do. When the Bosnian war killed hundreds of thousands of civilians it was NATO (spearheaded by American forces and led by American generals) that finally ended the ethnic massacres that the European Union and the United Nations had been powerless to stop. We have a moral imperative as human beings and as Americans to assist others when a crisis around the world occurs. It is Martin Luther King Jr. who tells us “"He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it".
It is also true that the development projects and aid we send aboard are not just supporting a moral victory but also a strategic one. Investments made in services aboard usually lead to strengthened American relations and increased US Business. This is in addition to the moral victory of improving the living conditions of the less fortunate and helping the developing world catch up to the West.
Our presence on the international theater also protects our access to trade. If the U.S. where to withdraw from the South China Sea the balance of military power in the region would tip vastly in favor of china and their aggressively expansionist “Nine Dash Line” policy. This would cause massive build up and general chaos in countries like Japan, the Philippines, and even Vietnam who rely on actions such as the U.S. Navy sailing warships through what legally are international waters to oppose Chinese aggression. It is through American influence and action that trade routes are kept secure and American ships are not harassed in international waters by other governments. These policies directly benefit the everyday taxpayer with cheaper goods because the methods of international transportation involve less risk and require less cost.
In the digital interconnected world we live in today more than ever the events that transpire thousands of miles away are having devastating effects back home. The Syrian refugee crisis and the rise of ISIS have reached as far as Europe and the United States. More than ever the rise of domestically grown terrorism is an apparent symptom of how globalism and the Internet have enabled foreign ideologies and cultures to project around the globe. It is in this interconnected world that we as a nation must engage with the global discourse and attempt to shape it however we can because a cultural victory brings America increased revenue, popularity, and power around the world while improving the lives of others by introducing them to free market and democratic principles.
It is only through an internationalist approach to foreign policy that America will continue to ensure global free trade and security as well as project American culture and ideals around the globe. It is for these reasons that in the international world we live in today, America must remain at the forefront.