American foreign policy

What’s Behind Our World On Fire?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The issues pulling continents, countries, and capitals apart thus appear to be growing, enduring, and, indeed, perhaps insoluble. Consider. The economic issues propelling workers into the streets to protest inequalities of wealth and income are occurring at a time when our world has never been more prosperous. The ethnic and racial clashes within and between nations seem increasingly beyond the capacity of democratic regimes to resolve peacefully. As for matters of fundamental belief—political, ideological, religious—the divides here, too, seem to be deepening and widening. Neither authoritarians nor the world’s democracies seem to have found a cure for the maladies that afflict our world’s unhappy citizens.

Imperial Capital, but America-First Nation

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Love of the Kurds, so audible on the Hill, does not go that far. If there is no stomach in Middle America for war with Iran and a manifest desire to pull the troops out and come home, there is ferocious establishment resistance to any withdrawal of U.S. forces. This has bedeviled Trump through the three years of his presidency. Again, it seems a stalemate is in the cards — until there is some new explosion in the Mideast, after which the final withdrawal for America will begin, as it did for the exhausted British and French empires after World War II. That we are leaving the Middle East seems certain. Only the departure date is as yet undetermined.

American Blunder: Throwing Open Our Markets to China

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Among the epochal blunders America has committed since the end of the Cold War, three stand out. The first was our disastrous plunge into the Middle East to create regimes oriented to the West. The second was the expansion of NATO to the front porch of Russia, driving the largest nation on earth, and one of its most formidable nuclear powers, into the arms of China. The third was to throw open America’s markets to Chinese goods on favorable terms, which led to the enrichment and empowerment of a regime whose long-term threat to U.S. interests and values is as great as was that of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Who Lost World War II? The West

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Who really won the war? Certainly the Soviets, who, after losses in the millions from the Nazi invasion, ended up occupying Berlin, having annexed the Baltic states and turned Eastern Europe into a Soviet base camp. The Americans, who stayed out longest, ended the war with the least losses of any great power. Indeed, the two wars between 1914 and 1945 may be seen as the Great Civil War of the West, the Thirty Years War of Western Civilization that culminated in the loss of all the Western empires and the ultimate conquest of the West by the liberated peoples of their former colonies.

Foreign Policy Principle Number 1: Intervene in No More Civil Wars

Doug Bandow, The American Spectator

Despite the awful record of American intervention in civil wars, the administration appears determined to foment another one in Venezuela. But that tragic country is largely irrelevant to U.S. security. President Trump has an innate common sense lacked by Washington foreign policy elites: permanent war is the enemy of the American people and American greatness. Washington’s experience with foreign civil wars reinforces that conclusion. Right and Left should be able to agree on at least one foreign policy principle: stay out of other people’s civil wars.

John McCain, RIP: Washington’s War Party Loses its Leader

For the late Senator John McCain, war was a first resort, the obvious answer to most any international problem, whatever the specifics. If only Washington would impose its will abroad, Pax America would emerge.

The Unseen Wars of America the Empire

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Like the Romans, we have become an empire, committed to fighting for scores of nations, with troops on every continent and forces in combat operations of which the American people are only vaguely aware. As in all empires, power is passing to the generals. And what causes the greatest angst today in the imperial city? Fear that a four-page memo worked up in the House Judiciary Committee may discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia-gate.

Bring Back Pax Americana

Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

A stable world of productive institutions protected by military strength was the project led by the U.S. after World War II. It came to be known as Pax Americana, or peace through global U.S. leadership. In a world so disordered that attending church puts one’s life at risk, reinventing a Pax Americana appropriate to the 21st century is overdue.