There are only two pathways forward concerning American foreign policy:
- Continue with the status quo in pursuit of perpetual antagonism with other nations and maintain a permanent war footing.
- Change our direction by relinquishing our war footing and seek to establish reconciliation with other sovereign nations in the international community.
The first option means a continuation of the mainstream rhetoric of “American leadership and strength.” This is a narrative which fogs the reality that America’s current foreign policy approach is dedicated to remaking the world in its neo-liberal image. For example, a strategy that coheres with this vocabulary is one seeking to establish a no-fly zone in Syria, resulting in an instigation of force against not only Syria, but also Russia and Iran. Additionally, it is likely that China would seek to express their growing economic hegemony into a military hegemony, and side against their competing economic rival found in America. Pushing regime change in Syria, which is nearly impossible without invasion and occupation, will most likely result in the instigation of another world war and potentially nuclear war. The effects this path will have on our citizens and economy are devastatingly negative.
The second option means we must pivot, so to speak, in our relation with the international community. For example, ISIS is a common enemy of Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Russia. If the U.S. were serious about defeating ISIS, we would ally with these nations in common cause against this terrorist organization. If America wants to fix Aleppo, law and order must be established in Syria. Rather than arming rebels in this “civil war”, the U.S. ought to assist in bringing the war to an end by defeating ISIS. Why is Assad so hated by our ruling class? Is it because his nation and army threaten our borders or “interests”? No. It is because Syria and Iran are allies and Washington wants to weaken Iran’s influence in the region. So all this talk about Assad the monster is utterly irrelevant to the defense of our nation.
Additionally, Washington should finally recognize Saudi Arabia as the primary nation to be contained in the war on terror, not Iran or Syria. It is more likely that terrorist organizations will be contained if we side with predominantly Shia countries also interested in such an endeavor.
This second option, however, requires a little humility on our part because we must recognize that other nations have interests of their own, and our unilateral militaristic hegemony is a mirage that cannot be maintained without a cataclysmic end.
This approach would also establish a new relationship with Israel. Rather than dual loyalties in our foreign policy, we should to maintain an “America First” approach. The Israel Lobby must be exposed, defeated, and kicked out of our state department for a change in policy action to be meaningful.
– Lucas G. Westman