President George Washington, in response to the spreading war in Europe wrote,
… “that they [the United States] should with sincerity and good faith adopt and pursue a conduct friendly and impartial toward the belligerent Powers.
George Washington “Neutrality Proclamation, Philadelphia 22 April 1793,”
This non-interventionist policy was a great way to stay strategically independent, and by following this guide, we wouldn’t have the problems we have today. Unfortunately, unlike what we might think, The Constitution does not have a foreign policy written in it. The decisions are decided by the executive branch, and only requires a vote of two-thirds of the senate. Despite the good intentions of the founders, and their examples, we have gone abroad, and those monsters we so virtuously thought we could destroy, will wreak vengeance upon us. John Quincy Adams wrote,
Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force…. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit...
John Quincy Adams : Warning Against the Search for “Monsters to Destroy,” 1821
John Quincy Adams was right, and the words he wrote two hundred year old ago have come true. Every time the United States Government (USG) has gotten involved, our military is deployed, and situations escalate. When the USG inserts itself into foreign wars, and governments, to protect our “interests”, thousands of American soldiers die. In following this disastrous pattern, the USG has made a very long list of enemies. The twenty year war in Afghanistan is the most recent example of the USG’s terrible foreign policy
The consequences of the USG’s meddling is costing us more than our honor. We have strained relationships with other countries, and we are held in contempt by many of them. Our nation will reap what it has sown, if we do not manage to disentangle ourselves from the mess that our government has put us in. Let us hope and pray for a miracle, because only divine intervention can help us now