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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    What is the best foreign policy principle?

    I would assert that an intelligent, interventionist foreign policy is appropriate. We will use our power, influence and money to promote and protect our interests abroad. We will help our allies. We are for international organizations within limits. We will not make our laws subordinate to international law. We will strive to make international organizations operate more effectively. We are for the establishment of an Organization of Democratic States to promote democracy in the world. On the principle of war, we will act in defense of aggression, whether ongoing or anticipated, toward us or an ally. Furthermore, we will act on humanitarian interventions when it is in our interest. If necessary, we will act unilaterally.

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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    Other foreign policy...please explain.
    "Depends on the circumstances" foreign policy. The others are all far too rigid.
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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    Pragmatism over dogma foreign policy. Every situation has its own solution that you need to tailor to the circumstances. Even action should be taken with the cost-benefit analysis in mind. Most importantly, making up for your lack of self esteem by acting "tough" and following political correctness are not foreign policy goals.

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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    I totally understand where the two of you are coming from. Clearly every circumstance is unique and a cost-benefit analysis done. The goal is to be pragmatic. In that vein, the options I listed I interpret as the high-water mark of foreign policy. You are not binding us to always follow that course of action. What is the limit?

    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).
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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    I'd support unilateral aggressive foreign policy in some cases, but it would require pretty dire circumstances for it to worth it. In my analysis, such a war is quite unlikely to happen, but its important to be prepared if it does. I could probably give you a better picture if you referenced hypothetical scenarios or past conflicts.

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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    I'd support unilateral aggressive foreign policy in some cases, but it would require pretty dire circumstances for it to worth it. In my analysis, such a war is quite unlikely to happen, but its important to be prepared if it does. I could probably give you a better picture if you referenced hypothetical scenarios or past conflicts.
    Interesting. Can you provide a historical reference for unilateral aggressive foreign policy? Say the Mexican-American War?

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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    Quote Originally Posted by reefedjib View Post
    I totally understand where the two of you are coming from. Clearly every circumstance is unique and a cost-benefit analysis done. The goal is to be pragmatic. In that vein, the options I listed I interpret as the high-water mark of foreign policy. You are not binding us to always follow that course of action. What is the limit?

    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).
    I guess of those choices, "interventionist" is the one that describes me the best. Although I can think of plenty of exceptions to that principle.
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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    "Depends on the circumstances" foreign policy. The others are all far too rigid.

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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I guess of those choices, "interventionist" is the one that describes me the best. Although I can think of plenty of exceptions to that principle.
    Tell me a little about your exceptions. Just because it is your principle, it doesn't mean you are bound to using it in every situation.

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    Re: What is the best foreign policy principle?

    Quote Originally Posted by EpicDude86 View Post
    So, once again, as I point out here: http://www.debatepolitics.com/polls/...post1058433859, these principles don't mean you always take that course of action. Of course, it depends on the circumstances! Grumble.

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