Issues | Foreign Affairs

Our Founding Fathers warned against entangling alliances and getting into internal affairs abroad, while arguing in favor of peace and commerce among nations.  Despite the changes of the past century, I believe our Founding Fathers’ principles and warnings remain as true today as they were two hundred years ago.

After World War II, the United States took the lead in many international organizations and treaties in effort to prevent another world war and to begin rebuilding Europe.  However, in a post-Cold War and post-9/11 world, the United States should reconsider and redefine some of its past commitments internationally.  In the decades since its founding United Nations (UN) has gone beyond its initial mission to simply maintain international peace and security.  Now, the UN focuses on resolutions to discredit Israel, our greatest ally, as a legitimate state, jeopardizing our security through global disarmament, supporting abortion in foreign lands, and enabling third world welfare states.  Even the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has outlived its initial purpose of protecting western countries from invasion by the Soviet Union.  After the fall of the Soviet Union, we need to redefine the purpose of NATO to avoid our US military being committed to conflicts which bare no threat to our nation or our interests.

We should carefully examine our role in foreign aid, treaties, and humanitarian efforts.  I take President Ronald Reagan’s view of the US as a shining city upon a hill.  We will remain that shining city upon a hill by pursuing peace and prosperity through strength.