View Poll Results: What is the best foreign policy principle?

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  • Aggressive foreign policy

    3 15.00%
  • Interventionist foreign policy

    3 15.00%
  • Non-interventionist foreign policy

    10 50.00%
  • Isolationist foreign policy

    0 0%
  • Other foreign policy...please explain.

    4 20.00%
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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    Robert J. Art is one of my favorite strategists. In his book, "A Grand Strategy for America", he outlines a particular strategy called "Selective Engagement".

    I prefer this choice, instead of others that he lists as viable options:

    -Dominion, Collective Security and Containment
    -Isolationism and Offshore Balancing

    Selective Engagement is a "shaping strategy"; with emphasis on the retention of key alliances and foward military presence in strategic locations in order to mold political, military and economic configurations that are in place or developing.

    The idea behind this particular approach is "What is good for America is good for the World."

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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    Interesting. Can you provide a historical reference for unilateral aggressive foreign policy? Say the Mexican-American War?
    The Mexican-War was about expanding our borders, something which doesn't really apply today. More likely scenarios would be similar to the naval conflicts between European powers over control of the seas and the resulting trade during the age of sail. For example, I would likely support military action if Panama closed the canal to us. Another hypothetical would be India becoming embroiled in a war with China, and trying to blockade them from the sea.

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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    I favor a general outlook of non-interventionism, with a dose of realpolitik pragmatism. For the most part, what happens within the the borders of other sovereign nations doesn't affect our national interests enough to warrant the sacrifice of national treasure and blood or the risk of unintented blowback consequences. I am strongly opposed to humanitarian missions. They rarely serve our national interest, often create resentment among the people we are supposedly helping or questions of why are we here and not there, plus they put our troops in harms way for no real gain or strategic purpose.

    That said, if some threat does emerge that would warrant interventionist actions, America should be free to act, unilaterally and pre-emptively if necessary.
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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    As my Ole Pappy use to say--"Son, if you can just learn to mind yer own damn business, you will do fine in this world"----I have yet to find fault in His words of wisdom.
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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    Given the right conditions, how aggressive are you interested in seeing us be?
    • isolationist (no situation is bad enough to cause us to reach past our borders)
    • non-interventionist (we can have a robust foreign policy, but only under attack will we go to war - no humanitarian interventions)
    • interventionist (we will have a robust foreign policy and we will get involved in advantageous humanitarian interventions)
    • aggressive (we will be aggressive in our foreign policy and will attack when it is in our interest without a humanitarian intervention justification).
    Hmm. Based on your original post, I was thinking interventionist, but based on this I'd have to say that I'm an advocate of aggressive foreign policy.

    Of course, you're leaving out people who think we should be involved in non-advantageous humanitarian actions, who may or may not be overly concerned with our strategic interests.

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