If you want a sneak peek of America’s foreign policy under a GOP president, then take a look at the words of what may be the most liberal of the GOP candidates, Jeb Bush.
“The basic policy should be our friends know we have their back over the long haul, and our enemies need to fear us again,” Bush said at the South Carolina GOP convention in Columbia…”
I’d like to quote from one of my favorite movies.
A nuclear deterrent? Cause that always works well… (Tony Stark, The Avengers)
What the heck is wrong with peace? What is wrong with trying to prevent deaths of our people (and theirs… whoever “they” are)?
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that we shouldn’t defend ourselves or defend our allies. But the US has the largest military budget, by far. The US spends almost 5 times what the next country does and more than the other top eight spending countries combined.
I think that the point Jeb is trying to make here is that other countries are doing whatever they want instead of acting the way we want them to. Which is a massively simplistic world-view and one that is exceedingly dangerous in actual foreign policy. The other countries of the world have the right to do their things the way they want to as long as human rights are met. When the United Nations was established, human rights was a core issue. It remains so today.
The Republicans aren’t interested in doing things that will help the people on the ground in those countries. The reality is that there are dozens of counties in this world that are in dire need of help and the US foreign policy has been to pretty much ignore them… unless they have oil. There are dozens of countries that routinely violate the most basic of human rights and the US does nothing to help the people… until we lose their oil.
The US under the Republicans seems to be trying to beat all the other countries into submission. That’s not going to work. It’s just going to make another international mess and put the security of everyone at risk.