Re: American Imperialism?

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Sun Mar 19 2000 - 01:24:41 MST

>From: (Octavio Rojas Diaz)
>By the way it would be interesting to know your opinion, and that of
>the rest of the list
>about us foreign policies, specially the ones that hurt the relation
>between America and
>it's neighbors or commercial partners. Specially how different it is
>between us
>and non us citizens.

Well I tend to be one of those "born on the 4th of July"
proud-to-be-American types who is overall fairly pleased with US foreign
policy. I mean when you think about it, US foreign policy is designed to be
palatable to the voting US public. Actually doing right by citizens of
foreign states is really something of an afterthought as far as our
politicians are concerned. As well, I suppose, it should be.

To the extent that any particular foreign policy "hurts" America's
relationships with its neighbors, it probably helps some influential
American special interest, if not the US general populace (which is less
likely). And to be bluntly honest, while I whole-heartedly yearn for
universal prosperity, if my government has a choice between a policy which
is going to benefit Mexicans and one which is going to benefit Americans, I
want my government to choose the latter.

Your question (my opinion of US foreign policy) is almost unmanageably broad
since there is no single US foreign policy, but a whole collection of them
for different interests and different areas of the world. But generally I'm
in favor of the US asserting the role of global cop where no other nation or
organization has the resources or political will to do so. I'm also in
favor of US attempts to foster democracy and free market capitalism in the
world as I personally believe that would be a boon to everyone, particular
those freed from the confines of communism and totalitarianism. As to
specific foreign policy issues such as GATT and NAFTA, I'm really not well
versed in them and haven't given them much thought.

Hope this helps.


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--Thomas Jefferson

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