What Is America’s Goal in the World?

By Pat Buchanan

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What Is America's Goal in the World?
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- For the World War II generation there was clarity.

The attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941, united the nation as it had never been before — in the conviction that Japan must be smashed, no matter how long it took or how many lives it cost.

After the defeat of the Axis powers in 1945, however, Americans divided.

Only with the Berlin Blockade of 1948, the fall of China to Mao and Russia's explosion of an atom bomb in 1949, and North Korea's invasion of the South in 1950, did we unite around the proposition that, for our own security, we had to go back to Europe and Asia.

What was called the Cold War consensus — that only America could “contain” Stalin's empire — led to NATO and new U.S. alliances from the Elbe to the East China Sea.

Vietnam, however, shattered that Cold War consensus.

The far left of the Democratic Party that had taken us into Vietnam had repudiated the war by 1968, and switched sides to sympathize with such Third World communists as Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Ho Chi Minh and the Sandinistas.

Center-right presidents — JFK, Nixon, Reagan — accepted the need to cooperate with dictators who would side with us in fighting Communism.

And we did. Park Chung-Hee in Korea. The Shah in Iran. President Diem in Saigon. Gen. Franco in Spain. Somoza in Nicaragua. Gen. Mobuto in the Congo. Gen. Pinochet in Chile. Ferdinand Marcos in Manila. The list goes on.

Under Reagan, the Soviet Empire finally fell apart and the USSR then disintegrated in one of the epochal events of history.

The American Century had ended in America's triumph.

Yet, after 1989, no new national consensus emerged over what ought to be our role in the World. What should we stand for? What should we fight for?

What Dean Acheson had said of our cousins in 1962: “Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role,” was true of us.

What was our role in the world, now that the Cold War was history?

George H.W. Bush took us to war to drive Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. Soaring to 90 percent approval, he declared America's new role was to construct a New World Order.

Those who opposed him, Bush acidly dismissed in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1991, the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor:

“We stand here today on the site of a tragedy spawned by isolationism. … And it is here we must learn — and this time avoid — the dangers of today's isolationism and its … accomplice, protectionism.”

Neither Bush nor his New World Order survived the next November.

Then came payback for our sanctions that had brought death to thousands of Iraqis, and for the U.S. bases we had foolishly planted on the sacred soil of Saudi Arabia — Sept. 11, 2001.

George W. Bush reacted by launching the two longest wars in our history, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and announced that our new role was to “end tyranny in our world.”

The Bush II crusade for global democracy also fizzled out.

Barack Obama tried to extricate us from Afghanistan and Iraq. But he, too, failed, and got us into wars in Yemen and Syria, and then started his own war in Libya, producing yet another failed state.

What does the balance sheet of post-Cold War interventions look like?

Since 1991, we have lost our global preeminence, quadrupled our national debt, and gotten ourselves mired in five Mideast wars, with the neocons clamoring for a sixth, with Iran.

With the New World Order and global democracy having been abandoned as America's great goals, what is the new goal of U.S. foreign policy? What is the strategy to achieve it? Does anyone know?

Globalists say we should stand for a “rules-based world order.” Not exactly “Remember the Alamo!” or “Remember Pearl Harbor!”

A quarter century after the Cold War, we remain committed to 60-year-old Cold War alliances to defend scores of nations on the other side of the world. Consider some of the places where America collides today with nuclear powers: the DMZ, the Senkakus, Scarborough Shoal, Crimea, the Donbass.

What is vital to us in any of these venues to justify sending an American army to fight, or risking a nuclear war?

We have lost control of our destiny. We have lost the freedom our Founding Fathers implored us to maintain — the freedom to stay out of wars of foreign counties on faraway continents.

Like the British and French empires, the American imperium is not sustainable. We have issued so many war guarantees it is almost assured that we will be dragged into every future great crisis and conflict on the planet.

If we do not review and discard some of these war guarantees, we shall never know peace. Donald Trump once seemed to understand this. Does he still?

 

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 68 thoughts on “What Is America’s Goal in the World?

    1. Gil and ts/xx will be among the first to assume room temperature if the shtf! Boys grow up and take responsibilty for yourselves. Your beloved MSM and liberal politicians dont give a damn about you. Just consider the difference between the words conservative and liberal. Liberal means anything goes. Conserve means to save. Someone smarter than me once said if you arent a liberal at age 19 you have no heart. If you arent a consevative at age 30 you have no brain. Maybe thatsyou boys problem. Your just little fellers!

      1. Yeah right. It’s akin to some martial arts bozo who think his breaking soft planks means he an expert at hand-to-hand combat. You dream some day you and your buddies can go walking down the street gunning down those who don’t like and for some reason it will legal. Knowing it’ll never happen means you can keep on dreaming.

        1. Gil, no, it’s your type that believes it is acceptable to assault those that do not believe as you do. Your type employs Hitler’s strategy of prevent any opposition speech by any means necessary, including violence, i.e., Berkley.

        2. Gil, I noticed that your posts seem much more subdued today. Is everything okay? I am being serious, not demeaning.

      1. People like Gil and Teen Snot, do have a strategy. Let others defend them. Then they congratulate themselves for receiving the benefits without having to sweat or bleed themselves. Oh, they are so clever.

        1. @Wild Bill I did some research tried to post it its awaiting moderation . Do you suppose Ammoland has black balled me why else would I always have to wait for moderation.

          1. @OV, Nope, It is just two guys that have day jobs and an overworked computer system. When the computer system gets overwhelmed by a spike in comments, the system kind of “runs home to Moma”. Some of my funniest Teen Snot jokes have been lost forever, much like Teen Snot.

            1. Wow, Old Useless Bill, you should be working at Geek Squad with those mad computer troubleshooting skilz. That sh%t is straight from the manual, right?

          2. @OV, how is that puppy doing? Sadly, one of my “guest dogs” (dogs that don’t really have a home, but show up here for breakfast and supper) each day got run over last night. I tried hard to keep the scrawny little mutt on the ranch, but she just had to go roaming. She was a great mouser and had a good personality, but she just could not stay put. I alway thought that it would be the coyotes that got her but it was a car of truck or something. I brought her back, she was stiff as a board, and buried her under an oak tree, where she liked to lay in the long grass, and watch things. She showed up here one day as a hungry scarred puppy, and lasted three years, in spite if her bad habits.

            1. @Wild Bill Sammy is doing great , got micro chip today. He’s doing better about staying close. Yes we have coyote trouble here to some of the neighbors have lost dogs, but I blame them for how they take care of their animals. Had to put Kaluah down last November she was Sammy’s predecessor that’s where I buried her was under the pin oak in the back yard where she would lay. She was 16. That’s one bad habit we’re working on he tends to follow his nose across the road.
              Sammy has killed and brought me three snakes, lucky we don’t have any dangerous snakes here. He’s growing fast will be 8 months old 2nd of next month.

    2. Tomcat, you are correct! The USA nor any other world power willever change the dynamic in the middle eastern countries. Many have tried. All have failed. Peace is not possible for the peoples of that part of the world. Thousands of years before our nation was formed their nations were at war. I would lay down my life to protect my nation and all americans every where. I cant justify sending my brothers and sisters to die for a people who plainly do not value peace. Wake up Mr. President you are in danger of falling into the swamp!

      1. @We should all be glad that Sunni hates and wants to kill Shiites, and the reverse. We should all be glad that tribe is set against tribe, and village against village. Because the moslems have been trying to take over the world for fourteen centuries! The moslems have made more than five hundred attempts to take over Europe. There are Chinese moslems that are left over from the moslem attacks on China. There Thai moslems that are left over from that same invasion. Pakistan used to be part of India, and is filled with left over moslems from that invasion. If Islam was ever united, then Islam would succeed in taking over the world and imposing Sharia on us.
        We should let capitalism solve the problem. Sell the moslems all the rifles, ammunition, grenades, mortars and small arms that they can buy with their oil money.

        1. Old Useless Bill, you needn’t worry, your friends, the Ruskies, are supplying Muslims with enough weapons, which in turn are used against our troops. You are a crap strategist. Another reason you didn’t make Colonel.

            1. @Heed, Oblabla also gave the Mullahs four hundred billion in cash to buy what ever they wanted. I bet it was not health care for their people.

            2. XX, I see you are having the same issues as your namesake TS, in that you have difficulty understanding written words. Go ask Gil to interpret for you into “woof, woof”, since I don’t speak that language, if it even is one.

            3. Heed the Redneck
              “0bama provided ISIS with their weapons” Explain, dipsh#t. Then we can have a conversation.

            4. @Extra Extra Tiny Snot, You are not in a position to demand that anyone “Explain…” to you. Do you think that you are in charge of something? As to having a conversation with you: you have had many chances to refrain from insulting the contributors here, but you do not. Why would anyone want to converse with you?

            5. Old Old Retarded Bill. It is so easy to make you piss your pants. Do you just wait by your computer so you can jump in? Sad existence for your twilight years. Go volunteer at the soup kitchen or get a job as a lollipop lady. Make yourself useful.

              Also, did you enjoy the hamburger I provided for you today?

            6. @Extra Extra Tiny Sissy, Caving is over. First crop of hay is in. I have the economic freedom to sit where I want and do as I please. Unlike you.
              And from you dingy little cubicle somewhere, stealing your employer’s time, writing blather, you try to dictate to people with more experience, education, and talent than yourself. What job do you have that benefits your nation, your people, or your country? Oh, and you do not provide the hamburger. I provide the hamburger.

            7. xx, no, I have no need to explain anything to you, and you clearly are too ignorant to understand, anyway. You thrive on being base and common, and feebly attempt to bring the dialogue down to your level of competence and understanding. I try to inform and educate, you try to be as rude and stupid as possible.

            8. Heed the Redneck,
              Listen to yourself. You are like Old Retarded Bill’s pet parrot. Do you have a unique thought in your head? You even parrot his lame words. I asked you to explain what you meant by Obama providing ISIS with weapons because the usual school-yard response to any situation from you right wingnuts is, “Well, what about Obama?”

              Well, what about Obama?? How did he arm ISIS?

            9. xx, you should research it yourself rather than be spoon-fed your facts. Besides, there’s no point in explaining it to you, since I know you won’t believe me anyway. Please continue to wallow in your pool of ignorance rather than make the effort to learn. That is why you are where you are in life and are such a miserable person.

            10. @Extra X chromosome, it sure is hard for you to answer the question, ” What have your ever done for your nation?”

            11. @XX Chromosome, You write, “Do you just wait by your computer so you can jump in? Sad existence for your twilight years. Go volunteer at the soup kitchen…”
              I say, sad existence for your lifetime years. As far as the soup kitchen, you just want me to wait on you.

            12. xx, boring? No, but we know *you* can’t be any more stupid and still be lingual, but that probably explains your usage of “woof, woof” in some of your prior posts. What is boring is your petulance. Tossing barbs at you, because you are so incredibly stupid, is easier than shooting a B27 target at 5 yards with my eyes closed and off-hand.

            13. Heed the Redneck or is it Annie Oakley now? Your prowess with a pistol is legendary, but why do you always end up shooting yourself in the foot?

              Woof Woof is reserved for Old Cretinous Bill. He’ll eventually twig, but listening to you is like watching a lamppost, hoping it will grow legs and run down the road. Of course it never will. Sorry that I have no “literature” references for you this post. I promise I’ll work in some James Joyce for you next time, okay? You pretentious hillbilly.

            14. @Heed, Pay no attention to Toddler Slobber, he has two x chromosomes, He also just makes stuff up. Not stuff that could be reasonable extrapolated from ones writing, no just made up insults. He adds nothing to the conversation, nothing to his nation, and nothing to humanity as a whole. He lives in a borrowed world.

            15. xx, if anyone is fancying oneself to be channeling Annie Oakley, since you are identifying as female now, it would be you. You wish you could have a marketable skill.

              So which is it? Am I a redneck or a hillbilly? You clearly show your limited mental acuity in your simplistic analogies and writing style and word choice, and your petulance, rudeness, baseness, and pure unadulterated ignorance and stupidity has no nadir. You wallow in self-pity and strive to become human, but have no moral underpinnings to make that happen. You have gotten so low that you now identify as a female (xx), your manliness all but washed away.

          1. @Extra Teen Extra Snot, Colonels do not make national strategy. Poor ignorant wretch, can’t even make Pv1. What have you ever done for your nation or yourself?

            1. xx, it makes sense that you would compare a person to comic and TV characters, those being the only ones you are familiar with, rather than characters in literature.

            2. @gil Hey that’s really a compliment that place would not have run with out him.

              Now if I were describing you I would say Col Flag!!

            3. Hey Gill you never answered my question . Who was the last confederate general to surrender ?

      2. Chuckbone56, 100% correct. According to the Qur’an, there will be no peace until the entire world is Islam. Thankfully, as WB pointed out, they can’t agree on which form of Islam should be the type of Islam that is to take over the world. I don’t believe Mohamed realized this would be an issue before he died – alḥamdulillāh.

          1. Gil, I did state according to the Qur’an – that is a reference to one specific ideology. Islam is more than just a religion. It is also a way of life, a political system and a judicial system. It states there is nothing, neither government nor any other religion, above it. All Muslims believe in Sharia law, it’s part of Islam.

            1. @Gil the VPC shill, You do not speak for Americans, Christians, or American Christians. So don’t try to tell us what Americans or American Christians think. I suppose that you could tell us what Gil thinks… if Gil ever thinks.

            2. Gil, no, that is not correct. That may be your opinion, but that is as far as that goes.

            3. Oh no. Christians fell afoul of the law? Conservatives do their best to pass legalization so Christians can pick and choose their laws.

            4. Gil, what laws do we have in the USA that favor Christians over others? Is it the ones making murder illegal? or robbery?

              Read the historical reference why Marines are called Leathernecks.

            5. Christians seem to think they shouldn’t have to obey laws that “violates their conscious.” Strange how Conservatives get it when Muslims try to argue the same thing.

            6. Gil, so you didn’t answer the question. What laws are Christians above?

              I am not a Christian, so I don’t see them any different than any other person. I am an Atheist, but also I am fiscally conservative.

              You are linking two disparate groups together.

            7. @Gil what planet are you from? I’ve never run across anyone who spews the things you do!

            8. Christians constantly cite religious freedom when they don’t want t engage in business practises that “violate” their faith. In particular Christian took over the RFRA and use to challenge the law.

            9. Gil, so, you now admit that Christians aren’t above the law, and don’t have laws favoring them.

            10. Like Muslims they’re fighting every step of the way. However unlike Muslims they get a sympathetic ear.

            11. Gil, a sympathetic ear? But they are not above the law and do not have laws favoring them. As far as sympathy goes, you are sympathetic to those proven to do harm? Read our history. Ever heard of the Barbary Wars?

    3. @ Mike, I agree with you all the money we have spent on foreign wars AND the American People who have lost their lives fighting for someone else is very sad and tragic. Many of these wars accomplished very little and other than political chest thumping nothing has been accomplished. In many cases these people have been fighting for thousands of years and we are not going to change their behavior patterns. We have been able to destabilize some of the countries we decided needed a new dictator. I am a Viet-Nam era vet. and realize we really took it on the chin in that one.
      Do I sound like an isolationist, maybe but let’s be realistic and let everyone else handle their problems without us moving thousands of troops in and millions of dollars in machinery only to be left there for the bad guys. I agree with Pat in that Trump started out with the right mindset but is it changing?

    4. Call it what you like.
      The US government has made a lot of promises, and has kept very few. We as a country have become experts at getting involved in conflicts, and forgotten how to win them. Look at the operational tempo of our military, and the lives and money wasted.

      1. @Gil the VPC, shill, No, another incorrect conclusion. Pat wrote, “Only with the Berlin Blockade of 1948, the fall of China to Mao and Russia’s explosion of an atom bomb in 1949, and North Korea’s invasion of the South in 1950, did we unite around the proposition that, for our own security, we had to go back to Europe and Asia.”
        There are a lot of predators out there that think it is ok to profit in spite of the suffering of others. You would be one of the serfs, Gil. Why don’t you just keep your ill founded opinion to yourself, while we quietly go about the task of keeping you safe?

          1. Gil, so why aren’t you off fighting for “progressive” unity and world peace? I guess you aren’t one of the “someones” that’s got to do it, proving once again that you are just a person of words without the fortitude to make it happen.

            1. Do what? The U.S military should only be concerned with protecting the U.S. and U.S. interests.

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