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|Subject: US enabling global responsibility||Date: 9/7/2013 11:07 AM|
|Author: arrete||Number: 696026 of 741028|
>> The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an enabler as “one who enables another to persist in self-destructive behavior.” They do so “by providing excuses or by making it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior.”
On a much larger scale, U.S. foreign policy over the past two decades has enabled global irresponsibility. Because we are always ready to intervene anywhere on the planet, the United States has protected other nations from dealing with the short-term realities of difficult foreign policy decisions. This allows both friend and foe to posture and pass judgment without consequence. As a result, we have created a more dangerous world.
We’re seeing the fruits of this misguided policy play out in Syria today.
But American voters don’t believe it’s our fight. They don’t believe that vital national security interests of the Unite States are at stake. They recognize that other nations, closer to Syria, have much more to lose than we do. Why does the United States have to police the world?
The reason is simply that our interventionist foreign policy has allowed and encouraged other nations to act irresponsibly. They won’t step forward because they know we will.
It is time for the United States to end our enabling behavior.
The place to start is by staying out of Syria and let other nation’s respond as they see fit. <<
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