Our interventionist foreign policy stands ready
to be put on a new course with the new administration. Unfortunately, it seems
the new administration is likely to continue the mistakes of the past. I've often
discussed interventionist foreign policy and the resulting blowback. The current
administration's foreign policy, I'm afraid, has created a huge impetus for blowback
against the United States. However, I truly believe much of the world stands
ready to look beyond our nation's recent blunders if the new administration proves
to be heading in a more reasonable direction.
Other nations around the world find our interference in their affairs condescending,
and it is very dangerous for us. We may think we have much to gain by inserting
ourselves in these complex situations, but on the contrary we suffer from many
consequences. Other countries have their problems, to be sure. But how would
we feel if China or Russia came to our soil and tried to depose our problematic
leaders or correct our policies for us? Our problems are ours to solve, and
we need to give other countries that respect as well. Instead, we have been
turning alleged, phantom threats into real, actual threats.
We should follow the foreign policy advice of the Founders friendship
and commerce with all nations. One positive step would be to end our destructive
embargo of Cuba, which deprives our farmers of a market just 90 miles from
U.S. shores while strengthening the Communist regime. We've seen 50 years of
statist restrictions not accomplish anything. A change is needed. Other countries
should decide how to govern themselves. Even if we don't necessarily approve,
it's none of our business. If other people foolishly choose to live under statist
experimental regimes, they need to fail in their own right, and not have us
as a scapegoat. We need to focus on our own affairs.
However, the pressures exerted on our leadership from the military-industrial
complex and big business is not in favor of peace or freedom, or especially
nonintervention. Intervention is big business. Defense contracts topped $300
billion last year, and total spending on war and our overseas empire is up
to $1 trillion per year. That represents a lot of people earning a living off
of war and conquest. But rather than adding to our economy, all of this money
is taken from the economy in order to wage war and destruction. Imagine if
those resources were put to creative, productive use here at home!
We need to rein in our overseas empire, as quickly as possible. We need to
bring our troops home and get our economy back into the business of production,
not destruction. The smartest thing we could do is admit we don't know all
the answers to all the world's problems. If the new administration can take
a closer look at real free trade and no entangling alliances, we would be much
better off for it. Economically, we could save hundreds of billions of dollars
each year! The new leadership has the opportunity and the political capital
to do this. But unfortunately, it is not likely to happen.