The editors of the American Conservative published useful summaries of the candidates’ views on foreign policy issues, although with their evaluations, which I agree with.
Their evaluations are based on the idea that (1) the United States should not attack countries that do not threaten us, (2) the United States should not intervene in foreign conflicts that do not concern us and (3) the main mission of the American military should be defense of the homeland rather than world military supremacy.
It is noteworthy, though, that all six issues on which TAC editors focus are problems which the USA has created itself – problems that would not exist if Washington did not seek world military supremacy and had not tried to destabilize Ukraine, conquer Iraq, overthrow Libya and Syria and wage cold war against Iran.
There are less urgent, but more important, problems that we Americans should be thinking about:
- How to manage our economic relationship with China, the main rival for the United States economically.
- How to reduce the number of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war, accidental or otherwise, with Russia, the only nation that has the power to destroy the United States militarily.
- How to help Mexico achieve political stability and economic progress, the only long-range
- How to work with other nations to mitigate (it is too late to prevent) the threat of global warming.
- How to manage international trade in a way that benefits Americans and our trading partners (the TPP isn’t it).
But The American Conservative editors are not wrong to focus on the issues they do. The first step toward making things better is to stop making them worse.
A 2016 Foreign Policy Report Card by the editors of The American Conservative.