When it comes to foreign policy, people split up into teams. It’s not uncommon to find someone who says, “Well, I’m this, but when it comes to foreign policy, I’m that.” But, here are the generalized team breakdowns:
Team Left: War is bad! Obama is awesome because he’s anti-war*!
Team Right: We need to have a strong defense and show the world that the US has got backbone. Dispatch the troops!
Team Liberty: War has consequences. Consequences like the killing of innocent civilians. Consequences like making new enemies. We are anti-interventionalists.
Team Crazy-Left: The president has the authority to drone kill an American on American soil with no due process. Anything Obama says is right and true and I’m on board.
*Author’s Note: Obama is obviously NOT anti-war. He has carried out over SIX TIMES MORE drone strikes in Pakistan in his first term than George W. Bush did during both terms, according to the New America Foundation.
Man. It’s tricky, isn’t it? The widely held Republican view falls into Team Right. But, if you are pro-military, pro-war, pro-drone-the-crap-out-of-the-enemy, you’ve got to be prepared to answer the questions that Team Liberty will throw at you. “TokenLibertarianGirl” outlined some of these questions in an old YouTube video she did. Questions like:
I’ve got to be honest. When it comes to war, my foreign policy view is one that I don’t have a firm grasp on.
Marco Rubio spoke at CPAC, this year, and talked about the America he wants to leave for his children. He brought up China’s goal of becoming the world’s superpower. China- a country that forces abortions and sterilizations as a way of population control – a country in which Christians are persecuted for their beliefs. When I think of it that way, of course I want to do whatever I can to ensure that America, with its Biblical foundation, is the city on top of the hill – the country that other countries want to be like. I want my children to grow up in a world where the “super power” is a country that promotes freedom and demonstrates compassion to the rest of the world – helping in time of need. I guess that would make me Team Right.
But, then I look at “the other hand.” On the other hand, what is compassionate about killing someone? Period. If you asked me, point blank, how I feel about the death penalty in the US, you’d probably get my “deer in the headlights.” I feel like, because I’ve always been “Republican,” I’m supposed to support it. I think to myself, if someone murdered my loved one, of course I’d want justice. But, then I recall God saying,
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” – Romans 12:19
So, I might usually lean toward being anti-death penalty. But, if you locked me in a room with someone who had just lost a loved one because of a random psycho killer, I think I’d probably empathyse with the victim and find a way to justify the death penalty – perhaps looking at the God of the Old Testament. An eye for an eye.
In conclusion, I have no conclusion. I’ve got a solid grasp on where I stand when it comes to most everything else – economic policy, healthcare, education, constitutional right, social issues, etc. But, I’ve got to admit, foreign policy always leaves me scratching my head.
Good thing I’m not the one making decisions in the Situation Room. I’d be like, “Don’t drone that country…well, wait, okay…Get me the red phone. Wait, never mind. Ok, STRIKE! No, wait, don’t.”
Please share your views in the comments below and help me form my own.