Should the United States stay out of all foreign affairs?
The United States seems to have deemed themselves as the “Peace Keepers” of the world. Somewhere down the line of history, they have decided that there is a need to regulate any serious issues that are occurring outside of the country itself. Daryl Press defines Isolationism as, “Isolation avoids economic and diplomatic engagement and eschews potential profits from the global economy and the enrichment that sharing ideas and cultures can offer.” Basically he is saying that the phrase foreign affair isn’t specifically limited to wars. The term also includes financial aid, helping feed, clothe, and house third world countries in need.
The whole world is affected by The United States’ inability to restrain themselves in the meddling with other countries’ affairs. After the time of World War II, the United States has been going into other countries, in attempt to fix their conflicts. Not only is everyone else affected by these acts, but the Untied States itself is affected as well. An anonymous user on Debate.org stated that, “If we keep what we have here, we can work out our national debt and we can become more of what we were in past years.” They go on to mention how we could make our own higher quality products instead of importing them from other countries. The cost of going to war, or giving third world countries money that the United States is barrowing ends up being mind boggling. If the United States would just stay within their own borders, then it could address the current issues they have inside of their own country. The main issue that needs attention is the economical debt.
It appears that neither a country nor individual has dared to stand up to the suffocating American grip on “world safety”. CNN wrote that President Obama even called the United States of America, “the anchor of global security.” Every time there is an issue in another country the American politicians of both parties seem to be bullied into agreeing with going to war. One example would be the current civil war raging in Syria. It has been reported that during the Syrian civil war, currently raging in the far off country’s borders, chemical weapons have been used against their own people. The United States is now deciding how to react to this situation. Most politicians, including Secretary of State John Kerry, are saying that we have no other option other than to attack Syria to defuse the situation. The President on the other hand, is trying to find a peaceful and diplomatic way to put an end to the use of chemical weapons. However, in the end, he too maybe pressured by his fellow politicians of America to deliver the final nail into the Syrian coffin.
The soldiers of the American military and the Politicians of the United States have one thing in common, the protection and the general welfare of the United States of America. In the end nobody really wants to go to war. Although, people’s opinions differ on how to obtain the chemical weapons Syria currently holds, both sides can easily agree that Syria has ownership of chemical weapons. They also would agree that the ownership and use of any of these weapons are in fact a violation of a world ban on said chemical weapons. There is a world organization established for this particular situation, “The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) has now been in force for more than 15 years. The international community is using this instrument to eliminate the possibility of developing, producing, using, stockpiling or transferring these dreadful weapons forever.” Both opposing sides value the safety of the American people. The politicians want to take the missiles by force. On the other hand, the military want to find a more diplomatic approach. They both would agree on the need to obtain, and destroy the Syrian chemical weapons. Both sides are interested in the safety of the American people, and the obtaining of the chemical weapons. However, their means of doing so differ greatly.
The United States of America should listen to their first President, George Washington. He stated in his farewell address, “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with
perfect good faith. Here let us stop.” Isolationism wasn’t an idea in this time period. Yet here George Washington clearly states the core example of Isolationism. The United States of America need to stay out of wars they don’t belong in, and they need to step down from their self instated title of “the anchor of global security”. Now is the time to decide. Should the United States stay out of all foreign affairs?