Should religious values or American self-interest shape foreign policy?

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Nationalism, moralism, and isolationism -- which best serves America? Which reflects religious and moral values?

  • Jim

    I think we should not intervene is civil wars, as we are doing in Syria. The sooner we get our military out of Islamic countries the better, no matter what the situation of human rights might be. We can never succeed in promoting human rights at the point of a gun. We should have learned a lesson from our intervention in Libya and Egypt.

  • “There’s a third option: isolationism..”

    No.
    A very religious administration – George W. Bush – unleashed a volcano by needlessly blowing up Iraq.

    There were no weapons of mass destruction. Instead, the USA is doomed to managing something even worse – the hot religious lava spilling from that region in reaction to the Christian Crusade of the Bush years.

    A pity there is no god to help us from such profound faith-based Christian Zealotry, ignorance and stupidity.

  • Larry

    Isolationism has never done anything of value to our country except keep us unprepared for the next inevitable conflict. As the lone superpower it is not an option. We have power and responsibility to wield it.

    Syria was going to happen one way or another. There is no such thing as a stable dictatorship. They all sow the seeds of their own destruction. Half of the problems faced over there is because we stood aside and did nothing. By doing so we let Iran and Saudi Arabia arm proxy forces to extend their reach in the Levant, ISIS

    The only religious values which should be part of national and international policy is religious freedom. Secular government, secular concerns, protection of the right of all people to worship (or believe nothing at all) without being persecuted.

  • Barry the Baptist

    I think that there is a fourth option: a fusion of Good and Great. If we recognize that America is part of the world, not set apart, and that we benefit from helping others, I think we would see that a mixture of policies is best, the same way helping members of any community makes a better community overall.