Should the U.S. be involved in global affairs?
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I will be arguing from the position that the United States was founded on the principles of neutralism, and that we have strayed too far from these original principles that composed our foreign policy. I will also present my case that while it is indeed noble to help other civilizations by spreading causes like democracy, we, today especially, are not in a position where doing so would be wise. This is because we have too many problems of our own, particularly the federal debt of over $19 trillion that needs to be repaid. Let the debate begin!
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My first argument is that the United States as a country was originally founded on the principle of minding our own business and staying out of international conflict. The only real allowable exception was in the Monroe Doctrine, where we could come to the assistance of our neighboring countries in the Western hemisphere when they were trying to resist control from overseas empires (such as when Cuba attempted to declare its independence from Spain, for example).
However, throughout our country's history, our political leaders strayed from this idealism many times, often entering world conflicts in which we had no real purpose for fighting. In some cases, as in World War II, we entered wars in the name of "defense", when defense clearly wasn't the main motive behind the war effort. Or in a more recent example, in the infamous Iraq War of 2004, we fought in the Middle East in an attempt to overthrow the dictator Saddam Hussein. Although we were successful in the effort, once we left the country, the lack of defense enabled terrorist organizations to take control, thus creating a bigger problem then what there originally was. These are two examples out of several, in which we wasted unfathomable amounts of human lives and money without really accomplishing anything significant.
For my last point, my position is that our country cannot afford to interfere in any more foreign disputes. We are over $19 trillion in debt, and we have other problems which also demand our immediate attention, such as the economy. And think about that number for a minute: $19 trillion. Let me help put that in perspective. Let's say you start a business today, and immediately borrow and spend a million dollars for that business just today. And then let's say you do the same thing EVERY SINGLE DAY for the next 2005 years without making a penny off of the products you sell. You think you might have reached the national debt by that time? You aren't even close. In fact, you've probably only reached about one trillion dollars so far. Which means you would have to continue to spend one million dollars a day for another 36090 years!
So, if we have a debt that large, how can we continue to spend even more taxpayer money to get involved in international affairs? Believe me, I would love to see Democratic Republics set up all over the world in foreign countries as much as anyone. And it is certainly painful to see people in other countries, people just like you and me, face cruel and unjust treatment from their leaders. But we owe our loyalty to our own citizens first, and what the citizens of our country need is for us to stop policing foreign nations, establish a defense program which is strictly used only for defense and pay off the national debt. Then, we will be much stronger as a nation, and will to continue to hold our position as the leader of the free world.
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