Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

What Is America’s Cause in the World?

By Pat Buchanan, Chronicles

“Take away this pudding; it has no theme,” is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him. Writers have used Churchill’s remark to describe a foreign policy that lacks coherence or centrality of purpose. For most of our lifetimes, this has not been true of the United States.

The goal of our foreign policy has been understandable and defined. From 1949-1989, it was Cold War containment of the Soviet Empire and USSR. Ronald Reagan believed in a “rollback” of communism, once telling an aide that his policy might be summed up as: “We win. They lose.” At the Cold War’s end, George H. W. Bush said America would now lead mankind in the creation of “a New World Order.” George W. Bush was going to deny to all “axis of evil” nations—North Korea, Iran, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq—access to the “world’s worst weapons,” with our ultimate goal being “ending tyranny in our world.”

According to the Biden Democrats of today, America’s goal is the preservation of “a rules-based international order,” which is less inspiring than “Remember the Alamo!” or “Remember Pearl Harbor!” What are the causes that actually animate Americans?

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