Though our government has claimed to intervene in foreign affairs in the name of promoting democracy and security, military intervention has often resulted in the exact opposite for ourselves and the rest of the world. It’s time we reorient our foreign policy to focus on diplomacy and cooperation that will promote peace and prosperity for all.
The irresponsible and destructive post-9/11 wars in the Middle East resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands, the further destabilization of the region, and our troops being stuck in Afghanistan with no clear end in sight. By destabilizing multiple states and creating power vacuums that allowed terrorist groups to gain power, the U.S. government helped plunge Syria into chaos and expanded the territory of terrorist groups. George W. Bush’s rush to war created a political vacuum in Iraq that ISIS exploited. We need to turn the page on this track record of destruction, chaos, and military adventurism under the pretext of lying to the American people but claiming the purpose was to “expand democracy.” When the Cold War ended, the U.S. national debt was 4 trillion dollars, and it is now nearly 20 trillion, due largely to our wars of choice, which have only made life worse for ordinary people. It is clear that constant armed intervention is not the answer.
But neither is isolationism. Cutting ourselves off from the world and preventing the tired, the poor, the huddled masses to join the American family is both senseless and heartless. Isolationism is damaging to our economy, our global reputation, and the environment, not to mention a clear violation of American values. We should be actively taking in refugees and participating in global programs to peacefully and democratically promote democracy.
We believe that America must play an active role in the international community in order to advance peace, support democratization and human rights, and protect the global environment.