The United States should continue to meddle in foreign affairs. It’s better than the alternative.

President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participate in an expanded bilateral meeting with Israeli and U.S. government officials, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Last month, Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, called on President Biden to withdraw its $10.1 billion in military aid for Israel. Similarly, Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, introduced a War Powers Resolution proposal aimed at withdrawing American troops from Syria. Many Americans lament the fact that the US has spent trillions of taxpayer dollars policing the world – money that could have been spent housing the homeless, rebuilding infrastructure, and providing healthcare for Americans. Understandably, one may wonder why the US is constantly interfering in worldly affairs when there are so many domestic problems to fix. But this sentiment against US foreign intervention is short-sighted and counterproductive. For a very long time, the US was generally isolationist, in that it preferred neutrality in foreign disputes. Famously, the US entered the World Wars several years after their start and only after intense foreign pressure, among many other factors. Europe pulled a reluctant US into international affairs, which set the stage for hegemonic US foreign presence and projection of power. Now the US operates approximately 750 military bases in 80 countries, and this is a good thing, generally speaking. The US has helped spread democracy across the globe including Japan, Germany, and South Korea, and stemmed the spread of communism, which killed millions of people world wide. These nations, in turn, are some of our strongest geo-political and economic partners. Providing military protection for many of the most developed economies has allowed the US to leverage favorable trade terms, ultimately benefiting Americans. Apart from this, it is easy to neglect the fact that by fulfilling its role of global arbiter, the US […]

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