Why America Needs Strong Leadership Abroad
(RightWing.org) – The world is always evolving and changing. New threats to America’s Democratic Republic emerge as old ones change or flameout. In the 1980s, President Ronald Regan championed America and freedom around the globe. For America to prosper, he believed that peace through strength was only possible by a dominant military and economy.
Ultimately, Reagan’s leadership in foreign affairs brought down the USSR’s iron curtain, marginalized terrorist countries, and brought peace and prosperity to America’s shores.
Foreign Affairs Cycles
In the modern era, there is a vicious cycle that repeats itself with a new president’s election. In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton (D) virtually ignored world affairs and focused almost exclusively on domestic issues thanks to the success of Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In the 2000s, President George W. Bush (R) was forced to deal with terrorism due to Clinton’s lack of leadership on the issue. President Barack Obama (D) spent his time apologizing for America in the Middle East and causing conflict with Israel.
On the other hand, President Donald Trump (R) withdrew troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, crushed ISIS in Syria, and brokered Middle East peace between Israel and several Middle East countries.
The cycle seems to be that Democrats largely ignore the world stage, and Republicans are forced to resolve issues overseas.
Why is that?
Differences in Leadership Style or Philosophy?
It really doesn’t come down to style, though not having a good temperament or making respectful comments can lead to an international backlash. The substantive issue is really on the difference between the two political parties and how they view the role of government.
Generally, Democrats are predisposed to domestic politics to fit the needs of their liberal base. Their worldview is more centered around social justice movements. For example, open borders are viewed as a human right, not a US sovereign one. Appeasing foreign countries through trade deals at the expense of America is seen as sharing America’s wealth with the world (though they wouldn’t say it this way, it is the end result.)
Obama warned Trump in late 2016 that China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran were creating challenges and problems for global peace. However, in 2012 he sang a different tune. He mocked Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney for saying Russia was our number one adversary. By 2016, it appeared Romney was right.
Leadership is about taking action. Throughout Trump’s first term, his administration squeezed Iran through sanctions, tried to negotiate with North Korea, and rebuilt the US military to deal with China and Russia.
Peace Through Strength
President Reagan said that peace through strength was the only means to ensure world peace and economic opportunity at home. The events of 9/11 and the lack of attention to Russia and China under Obama demonstrate this to be true 8 years later.
Leadership doesn’t acknowledge problems. It sets out to solve them.
That’s why America needs strong leadership abroad.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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