Tuesday, June 21, 2011

McCain Decries "isolationism"

John McCain, war hero and my former senator, is drawing attention to what he decries as "isolationism".  His concerns seem to be that a thread of isolationism in the current field of Republican candidates could lead the United States to return to the foreign policy mistakes of the 1920's and 1930's.

While he has a point, and I agree that the United States cannot retreat behind the Atlantic and Pacific again, I do believe that we need to re-evaluate all of our overseas commitments.  If the support we give to someone outside our borders doesn't pay off in either stability or cash, then we need to drop it and let regional powers take care of themselves.  Since the end of the Cold War, our 'engagement' with the rest of the world, especially the 3rd world, has gained us nothing but debt and coffins.

  • Did the loss of Rangers in Mogadishu do anything to promote stability in the Horn of Africa?
  • Did the billions of dollars we poured into the Balkans gain us anything at all?
  • Has Saudi Arabia become more democratic after we poured blood and treasure into their sand in the 1990's?
  • Have the wars in Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arablia gained us any good will for promoting democracy in the Arab and/or Muslim world?
  • Has decimating Al Qaeda and working to rebuild Afghanistan paid off after 10 years?
  • Has Mexico become more democratic, stable, and prosperous since we started shipping our manufacturing jobs to Nogales and Tijuana?
I could go on and on, but you get the idea.  For the most part, our support of despotic regimes in the the developing world has gained us nothing but grief.  Either we get the knife in the front from the people these regimes oppress or we get the knife in the back from those regimes.  It doesn't matter if it's from Karzai or Crown Prince Abdullah, building or supporting these regimes while smiling smile has gained us nothing but a kick to the teeth.

So, while I respect Senator McCain for his life of service to our country, I have to disagree with him on this.  I'm not worried about a Republican administration pulling back too far.  I'm worried about any administration continuing or expanding our commitments to areas and activities that are bankrupting us.


Joshkie said...

I agree we should get our affairs in order, before we try to manage the affairs of others.


DaddyBear said...

I think my point is that we shouldn't be meddling in the affairs of others at all unless they directly impact our nation's security.

Old NFO said...

Good point, and by pulling back to only fund those allies that directly impact us, the savings would be HUGE!

Joshkie said...

Yes, DadyBear I'm with you. My comment was more the silliness of we can't even seem to get ourown act together how do we even expect to manage someone else. Cart before the horse even if I thought it was justified, which it's not.


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