BY SAMUEL STEVENS
President Obama faced serious challenges at the latest G20 summit in China. The president ran the gauntlet of Russia, China and even the Philippines over the United States’ latest foreign policy missteps. Whoever becomes president after the election will have to cope with serious challenges on the world stage.
President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte told Obama he is “answerable only to the Philippine people,” according to a CNN report, following the Obama’s concern about Duterte’s extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals.
The United States government also poses a threat to Russia as it expands NATO into Eastern Europe. Whatever one might think of the Russian government, Vladimir Putin has reacted to what he sees as Western encroachment.
It is clear that the current administration has gone beyond the spectacular blunders of the previous one, worsening issues of not only national, but also global security.
The Democratic establishment has undergone a change from its previous anti-war stance and essentially adopted the policies of their alleged enemies, the neoconservatives. By any objective estimate, the Obama administration has been just as reckless with foreign interventions into the Middle East—specifically Syria—as the Republicans.
While the left-wing war faction uses air strikes, drone assassinations, and ground “advisers,” the damage to countries like Syria is just as disastrous as any ground invasion.
The American foreign policy establishment tends to use the term “rogue state” for nations like North Korea and Iran.
China and Russia may not measure up to Western standards as liberal democracies, but the fact remains that the U.S. government has done a great deal to upset those powers, worsened by the hubris of America as the sole superpower.
While Republican candidate Donald Trump has made some hawkish comments with regard to Iran, a longtime target of the neoconservative establishment, he has also made offhanded comments about a less antagonistic approach to Russia.
Trump has no record on foreign policy. Some may argue that this shows his lack of experience or fitness for office. That may turn out to be true. Trump, however, is a CEO—he will surround himself with subject matter experts in order to make decisions.
What is clear is Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state. The Democratic Party has shown it is comfortable with foreign intervention by supporting her candidacy. Obama’s foreign policy has only upset the entire Muslim world, forced Russia into a defensive posture and done nothing to solve terrorism.
Hillary Clinton is essentially a neoconservative, albeit with a different domestic agenda than her Republican counterparts. The United States and the world cannot endure more chaos created by Washington.
What this election and the past eight years have also shown is the transition of the “war party” to the Democrats. While the language used to sell these conflicts is different, the goal remains the same. The foreign policy experts in Washington want to maintain the American empire as the sole superpower.
With the end of the Cold War, this is no longer necessary.
Wars in the Middle East are to blame for the refugee crisis and the spread of terrorism. However, neither mainstream party is willing to pursue a domestic agenda to protect the United States from within. Real border security and a ban on immigration from countries with a history of terrorism, as Trump has proposed, are far more workable solutions than defending the chaotic frontiers of the American imperium.
The U.S. government’s foreign policy record since the end of the Cold War has been one of pursuing ideology over the actual strategic interests of the nation.
Hopefully, the next administration will pursue America first over ideology