The third 2012 Presidential Debate is about to start, and the topic this time is supposed to be foreign policy. Skeptic that I am, I have serious doubts that as many Americans will tune in as did for the past two. Or if they do, they may quickly tune out. Or change the channel to the Cardinals – Giants game, or the Lions – Bears game.
Why? Well, basically because the rest of the world is right. We are self-centered and arrogant. One has only to turn on an American newscast to see that we only know about something happening in the world if it involves or affects us. I have to watch BBC World to find out what is really going on in the rest of the world. So, tonight we learn about the foreign policy of each candidate. Well, we learn about Romney’s foreign policy, as we already know Obama‘s. I think most people need to realize that it ultimately doesn’t matter what the President thinks about foreign policy. What it boils down to is that they always listen to the military Generals.
Foreign policy can be defined as, “a policy pursued by a nation in its dealings with other nations,designed to achieve national objectives.” (dictionary.com) In layman’s terms, that means we always do whatever is necessary to protect our interests. Foreign policy really doesn’t have anything to do with being the protector of the little guy, or the nice big brother, or the equalizer for justice. It has to do with utilizing our military in a manner that will keep the US as king of the mountain. Sometimes that even makes us the bully of the world.
I don’t want you to think that I am anti-USA or anything. I personally believe we have an obligation, as the big brother of the world, to be the champion against other bullies. I like that economic sanctions seem to be working against Iran – to get them to come to the negotiations. But let’s not kid ourselves. We wouldn’t want to talk to Iran about their nuclear program if there wasn’t something in it for us.
My belief is that we need to stop talking about foreign policy, and start talking about world policy. With our global economy and technological innovations, the entire world is within our reach. I believe it is our responsibility to make the world a better place for EVERYONE. We need to start talking about what we are going to do for the world, not what we are going to do to keep our standing in the world. The thing about big brothers is that when the little brothers and sisters grow up, they often fight back.
- Five Reasons to Talk Energy and Climate at the Foreign Policy Debate (blogs.cfr.org)
- Last but Not Least the Foreign Policy Debate ! (webnerhouse.com)
- Drawing on Foreign Policy (whendotheyservethewine.com)
- Beyond Benghazi: Questions for the foreign policy debate (thehill.com)
- After Libya misfire, pressure on Romney in foreign policy debate (todayonline.com)