Our interventionist foreign policy threatens freedoms at home
Our military should focus on defending us and those who cannot protect themselves
Americans are dying. An Ambassador was strangled to death. This is what I want to drive home for whoever reads my article. These are the consequences of an unsound foreign policy. We are so blessed to be free. In America, we can turn on the television and watch liberals call conservatives fascists, and conservatives call liberals socialists. This is all good.
In America, we are in the driver’s seat of our own destiny. If you study the hardest of problems, you will be rewarded in meaningful work and success. You can also fail, and fail hard. This is good too.
In America we can, in video and in print, make fun of religious ideas. Be it Catholicism, Christianity, Mormonism, Islam, Judaism or any of the myriad of other religions, we can chastise the beliefs of others. We are free to believe whatever we want or nothing at all. You can help those whose faith is hurt by others. This is all good.
In America, hate speech is free speech. You can protest a hero’s funeral. You can slander a woman going to an abortion clinic. You can say hateful things about those who choose different gender and sexual preferences than your own. You can choose to be compassionate to those who are different than you. This is all good.
Freedom to do controversial, hateful things is good and necessary. You have the ability to figure out who the crazies are.
Where in the Department of State do we explain to others that our ability to believe in whatever you want is a good thing?
We gave rebels in Libya money, weapons, intelligence and air superiority. We helped them with their cause of liberty. They watched a YouTube video and murdered the symbol of America in their land. It upsets me to see Americans dragged through the streets, as I’m sure it upset everyone in this country.
But what upsets me even more is our interventionist foreign policy. We get ourselves entangled in the problems of other countries. Israel cannot defend itself without American approval. We let genocides occur in Sudan, Rowanda, Iraq, Bosnia and Cambodia. We topple Libya yet let the Syrian Civil War go on.
We should have a foreign policy that is twofold. One, the military should only be used to protect my freedom to do whatever I want as long as my freedom does not affect others. Two, we should protect those who cannot protect themselves from tyrannical leaders.
This would involve ending welfare but as Emma Lazarus put it, “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp! Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”