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Should the U.S. Become Involved in Foreign Disputes?

Since the end of World War II, the United States (U.S.) has taken an active role in intervening in global affairs. Prior to then, with a few exceptions like World War I, the U.S. had followed a policy of avoiding involvement in foreign wars. Whether supporting capitalist nations during the Cold War against the spread of communism or conducting military campaigns against dictators that violate human rights, U.S. policymakers over the past century have reversed course and generally considered that our country should be actively involved in foreign conflicts. However, after the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, there have been pushes to reduce U.S. involvement in foreign countries.

Those who support the U.S. becoming involved in foreign disputes argue that doing so is in the best interest of our national security. This side argues that it is essential for the U.S. to be a leader in global affairs in order to protect our own interests around the world. Additionally, many argue that the U.S. has a moral obligation to protect Western values like democracy and freedom in areas of the world where they are not being upheld.

Those who oppose the U.S. becoming involved in foreign disputes argue it is not our responsibility to police the world. This side argues that the U.S. should use restraint in global affairs and only become involved if there is a direct threat to security. Additionally, this side fears that becoming involved in other nations’ affairs can fuel resentment toward America.

So, what do you think? Should the U.S. become involved in foreign disputes? Your arguments may lean toward, “Yes, the U.S. should become involved in foreign disputes” or toward, “No, the U.S. should restrain from intervening in foreign diputes.” You may also find that your answer goes beyond a simple yes or no.

Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:

-Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner

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-They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner

-They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly

Current Standings:
Yes: 48%
No: 52%
  • Chelsea from Tennessee

    I think the United States should be involved in foreign affairs. Foreign relations in the history of the United States have not only benefited our country but also have created an atmosphere of world peace. For example, as America welcomed French refugees into the United States from the war-torn country of France during the French Revolution, the French military helped America fight for independence during the Revolutionary War. Furthermore, if the American military did not coordinate with English, French, British, and Canadian troops to attack and defeat German forces in Normandy, France on D-Day, the catalyst to end German dictatorship in Europe would have probably not happen, resulting in Germany annexing the entirety of Europe and eventually the world. Currently, America has involvement with Canada, United Kingdom, and France which enables operations to protect the innocent people of Syria while fighting ISIS. However, I think America should still be careful when getting involved in foreign affairs. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “speak softly while carrying a big stick”, which means that the United States should be peacefully involved with other countries but use force against them if needed. During the Banana Wars, the otherwise peaceful demeanor of the American businesses and people were threatened by the Nicaraguan regime of José Santos Zelaya, so America was forced to send troops into Nicaragua to protect the lives and property of Americans living there. Even though being involved with other countries poses some threats to the security, economy, and democracy of American citizens, these relations mostly engender the protection and advancement of the United States and its allies as they work together for a common goal, world peace.

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  • Patrick from Massachusetts

    The United States would have ceased to exist without the help of a foreign power. In the 1770s, it was the French who helped America get up on its feet through financial and armed means.
    In the present day, the United States should look back at the past and, with no doubt, become involved in foreign disputes.

    By becoming involved in foreign disputes, America gains economically. Involvement is the very thing that pushes trade to and from countries. By becoming isolationist, America loses money that could be invested into the general population to create a better tomorrow. Through asserting influence, America opens itself to new markets in areas such as the Middle East and Asia. Doing so, it creates jobs, promotes assimilation, and creates alliances. This is seen throughout history. In World War II, the United States GDP grew 17%. During the Korean War, it increased by a whopping 11.4% at its peak as well. Even in the Vietnam War, the GDP grew 7.3% in 1966. Keep in mind, a fantastic GDP tends to grow 2-3% each year. Numbers such as these show that the United States does more than grow; it booms. Through such booms, the lives of every American improve.

    Not only is it economically beneficial for the United States to become involved in foreign disputes, but it is also morally right. As previously stated, the United States would not be where it is today without foreign aid. Often, countries need help from larger powers to grow, whether it be politically or economically. In the present day, the US nurtures an international community through its aid to developing areas. At the moment, it aids over 150 countries. This helps promote peace and allows people to live their lives where, without the help of the US, it would not be possible. One example could be seen in Germany, a war-torn country that was destroyed both physically and mentally through World War II. Rather than allow a reemergence of hate and suffering within the population, the United States helped them grow and carefully fostered them to become an inclusive and prospering place. Since the involvement of the US, Germany has never looked back at its evil past. Another example can be seen with Northern Ireland, where there was extensive violence in the 1990s. When the United States got involved, they not only assured a peaceful transition of power between parties that hated each other, but they also promoted unity. To this day, Northern Ireland has remained peaceful; none of that would be possible without the United States’ involvement. That same growth is seen in an indefinite amount of other places. The United States is built on the ideas of fostering unity, democracy, and collective growth, To continue such ideological and economic growth on an international scale, the United States must continue to become involved in foreign conflicts.

    Some might argue that the problems of another country are not ours. Such a thought is false because America is built on the idea of activism and doing what is right. People have a tendency to be reactionary and complacent. Often a spark is needed to help a country go on the right path. Through consistent involvement, a spark can become a fire, one that creates a peaceful, prospering democracy. Whether it be accepting refugees or aiding the citizens of Syria, America allows those countries to have a chance at growing. When the majority of people suffer, either indirectly or directly, it is not “bullying” but in fact doing what is right.

    By becoming involved in foreign disputes, the United States does what is good and, more importantly, what is right.

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  • Christopher from Georgia

    Ever since it’s creation, America has become a beacon of freedom, democracy, and individual rights; however, after World War II, our nation’s role was elevated to the global stage. This change in foreign policy was the result of the direct threat of Soviet communism and tyranny. While the Cold War has concluded, the threat of tyranny has not subsided. Arguably, the threat is greater today than ever before. Communist China is more technological advanced and economically prosperous than the Society Union ever was.
    After the failures of the wars in the Middle East, many have become disenchanted with the idea that America should become involved in foreign affairs. They often point to the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, and the war in Afghanistan as ample reason that we should not meddle in foreign affairs. However, isolationists are quick to forget the great success of the Korean War and the Marshall Plan. Because of the triumph of American forces, South Korea and Western Europe boast robust democracies and thriving free-market economies. Furthermore, it can be argued that the chaos in Iraq is the result of America’s withdrawal from the region before the nation’s nascent government became stable. If American leadership has dedicated itself to its mission of rebuilding the nation, then perhaps ISIS would not have risen and the region would be far more stable today.
    America should be involved in foreign affairs because we have a moral duty to protect free people and individual liberties everywhere. Where American troops land, freedom follows. Furthermore, if we do not become involved in foreign disputes, our tyrannical enemies, such as Iran, China, and Russia, will. Given the recent rise of China, the United States must redouble it’s efforts to protect freedom and liberty around the world, not shrink into itself. The fight for freedom is a conflict that must be fought year after year, day after day, and if the forces of freedom withdraw from the battle, then tyranny and fear will win the day and snuff out the light of liberty.

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  • Amanda from Florida

    From her beginning, the United States has embodied the vision of freedom, prosperity, and democracy. Igniting pride and hearts of liberty in France during the French Revolution to offering a beacon of hope of freedom to Hing Kong citizens in twenty-nineteen, no other country holds a similar reputation. Prior to World War I, she was still a young and developing country with a few wins on her belt, but after World War I, America grew in prosperity and power. The reputation of her strength grew twice fold, upholding the America vision of strength, power, prosperity, and popularity that it continues to uphold in the twenty-first century.

    During the Cold War, the United States fought and maintained the global anti-communist idelogy. If the United States had decided to stay uninvolved, Communist ideologies and principals would have infiltrated European then Western political and economic systems. Looking at the countries that were affected by this train of thought, like Cuba, they are left in dying and desperate measures and systems of government, unable to support themselves.

    While staying uninvolved may be a politically wise decision to make, the United States would be leaving other countries behind to anti-democratic policies. This would then weaken the vision of strength seen in American policies causing a shift in global power control.

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  • Oht from Maine

    Yes, I think that the U.S should be involved with foreign disputes because our country would not be where we are today without the help of foreign countries for example financial problems. I think helping with foreign disputes would benefit America and foreign countries.

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  • Jack from Virginia

    it depends on how bad the problem is and if it endangers the american way.

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  • Spencer from Missouri

    I think yes because we as a country could, by helping out, gain new allies

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  • Victoria from Massachusetts

    No, America loves oil and nothing else

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  • Caleb from Virginia

    Yes, the world is moving into a new modern era of international connection. It is important for dominating countries such as the United States to take the reigns in leading the world into a brighter future full of freedom. As a world power, the United States has an obligation to support allied countries and give aid to others in need.

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  • Bryan from Illinois

    All involvement must highly principled, consistent and aligned with the considered wishes of a majority of the American people.

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  • Erika from Texas

    To an extent, I think that the U.S. must get involved with foreign disputes. Because the U.S. is a very powerful nation, we could help in disputes and help our allies. We have a very strong military and could act as a good defense force. We could use our abilities and power to help aid our allies when they need it. We should use our power for good and help our allies that are in need. However, when we decide to go in and help foreign nations with their disputes, we have to stick by our decision. If we decide to stop and withdraw our assistance in a foreign dispute, we have to be wary that it could cause conflict. For Example, in Mitch McConnell: Withdrawing from Syria is a grave mistake, Mitch McConnell explained “Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake. It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances.” He is saying that the U.S. withdrawing from Syria will cause a great deal of conflict with the Turkish Kurds. The Turkish Kurds could feel abandoned and possibly implement an attack against us. In addition, even though the involvement of the U.S. in foreign disputes can be helpful to foreign nations, it can be harmful to the U.S. and cause a great amount of conflict. For instance, when the U.S. got involved during the Vietnam and Korean war, it caused unnecessary violence. It affected the U.S. greatly and the negatives outweigh the goods. If the U.S. wants to get involved with foreign disputes, we have to be smart and analyze our decisions. Because if we do things that won’t help us and will make us decide to withdraw from the dispute, it will cause conflict. However even though there are some downsides to getting involved in foreign disputes, it also can help the safety and state of our country and our allies to a great degree.

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  • Harmony from Texas

    Yes, the U.S should be involved in foreign disputes but only if it’s a direct threat to our country. As Julian Zelizer said “It creates this tension: Will other countries bite and respond? It’s a very chaotic approach to foreign policy.” Avoiding tensions between other countries can help the U.S build allies within their time of need. If we get involved to maintain allies we not only run the risk of losing resources but we put lives at risk. We risk the lives of our soldiers who could be using their skills to better our country. Why waste our time and resources on a country that is not ours?

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  • vidya from Texas

    yes the U.S should be involved but only in certain circumstances where it affects human rights but not to be involve for something such as financial benefits.

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  • Trevour from Texas

    I think that the U.S. should be involved in foreign disputes but only in certain circumstances whenever our national security is at stake. Take World War 2 for example, we didn’t get involved into the war until Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 and we only fought Germany because to defeat Japan we would have to defeat Germany. Also what about our foreign allies, when they go through natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti so was it wrong to send them supplies to combat the death that the earthquake caused.

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  • Jesus from Texas

    I agree that the USA should interfere in other world problem, because it could benefit us. by helping other countries out they ca get better education and health and eventually their country might lead to new discovers and inventions.

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  • Jordan from Virginia

    Since the aftermath of World War II, America has held the title as the greatest superpower in the world. With everything that is going on today-particularly in the Middle East- America not only has political and economical reasons for being involved in foreign affairs but most importantly, a moral obligation to do so. While some subscribe to the notion of isolationism, in today’s environment, doing nothing would only make things worse especially if we have the means to prevent whatever heinous crime has taken root. For example, during the Obama presidency, when the President decided to withdraw troops out of Iraq, Islamic terrorist attacks actually increased in America. And this was likely due to having no armed forces in Iraq to combat these terrorists- who are better known as ISIS. While I do hold the belief that America should be involved in world politics and affairs, I don’t believe they should have a hand in everything. The only things the U.S should be involved in are matters that affect us and our allies directly (or indirectly). We should not be meddling in another country’s politics or affairs.

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  • Sophia from Kentucky

    I think the United States needs to stay involved in foreign affairs to some extent, especially is the safety of our country or our country’s allies. First, this nation is known as a superpower around the globe, and our presence in other countries signifies our ability to act in defense. Secondly, It is important also to aid our allies in any way we can, as that is the point of creating pacts between countries. However, involving in foreign affairs does not always have to be a military advance, and there are economic sanctions the United States has placed on countries in the past. In this example, The United States maintains its image of a world power yet stay out of any military dispute. Of course, it is always important to keep America first and deal with national problems before international problems. But through the years, the United States has helped many countries protect their citizens and maintain peace in crises that could eventually affect the US.

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  • Brady from Kentucky

    The United States should remain active in the economic, political, and cultural affairs because the U.S. has always been a World Police Power. However, some minor conflicts are not worth the immense financial strain that would constitute military support. For example, if one of America’s closest allies were in trouble, then an all-out military support would be justified since it is a threat to national interests and our allies. This could also be seen in history during the period of the Red Scare. In this very polarized time in the world, the United States was completely justified in its use of power to protect national interests and prevent the spread of Communism, which was a direct threat to the integrity of our democracy. This same situation in History applies to modern day with the increased spread of terrorism into weak countries. During these situations, the nation must react in order to maintain the dignity of every country despite its small impact on our economy. As I stated before, this would only constitute military support if there was still an impending threat of continued invasion into other countries.

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  • Drew from Kentucky

    I feel that it is a necessity to be able to act in foreign affairs because it could affect domestic life on American soil. The Monroe Doctrine solidifies this because it mentions the idea of not accepting any more puppet monarchs or foreign powers trying to intervene in US affairs. The idea of solving the problem before it becomes larger has been seen throughout US history and history in general. The ability to act before it hits home is a necessity to keep Americans safe and secure. The Declaration of Independence supports this because it mentions the three unalienable rights which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The government was created in order to protect these rights and it is hard to do without having the ability to act before it affects the lives of US citizens.

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  • Teddy from Kentucky

    I think the U.S. should be involved in foreign disputes because America has the strongest military in the world and when there is disputes in foreign areas where countries are being overpowered, sometimes they will need help to overcome these disputes. If a country with a small military is being threatened by a country with a large military, we should step in and keep as much peace between foreign countries as we can.

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  • Lilly from Kentucky

    Yes, I do think that the United States should be involved in foreign disputes because we have so many resources. Our help to other countries allows there to be a better world. We have many alliances and our resources allow us to help other countries. Because of my interest in international business, I, of course, believe that our business needs to be shared with others. Business and war can also go hand in hand. If we have a dispute with a country, like the trade dispute in China, it affects our business and imports and exports. The United States needs to also help the troubling countries that are falling apart like the events happening with the Turkish. Along with destruction comes loss and if our alliances fail to mature than we will not be able to continue as the highest nation in the world. Secluding ourselves only allows for more judgment and back turning from other nations that may need our help and resources.

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  • Aaron from Kentucky

    I lean more on the Yes side, even though I am not 100 percent certain for either, for two reasons. One is so we can ease conflicts that could prevent wars. Sometimes foreign issues that did not originally involve the U.S. lead to wars that involved the U.S. The second reason is that we should help allies out in anyway that we can because it is the American way.

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  • Nick from Kentucky

    I think the US should become involved in foreign disputes when the dispute directly affects the well-being of our nation. Since WWII, our country has been dependent on others for various resources. Having ties with other countries also allows for alliances in case of the breakout of a war. Getting involved in foreign disputes gives our nation a sense of responsibility in the world, for which we should do our best to make the world a better place.

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  • Kyle from Kentucky

    Yes I think the U.S. should get involved in foreign disputes. The U.S. should get involved because the U.S. is a big power in the world and we should help others if they are our allies. I am not saying that the U.S. should get involved with every single foreign affair, but if that country has helped us in the past I feel like we owe it to them to help. For example, if the United Kingdom needed help with something and because they have helped us tremendously in the past without question we should get involved especially if we think we can help win. But, if the foreign disputes doesn’t affect the nations well being we should stay out.

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  • Andrew from Kentucky

    I think they should keep doing what their doing because it has helped our country be the strong military force that we are. Keep being involved will only help us gain more allies but also show how strong we are and that other country should really not mess with us. This is why I think they should keep being involved and showing the world how great the United States of America really is.

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    Throughout history, the United States has been involved in both our own civil war and international wars. During these wars, the United States developed its name as a strong and powerful nation on the global level. The United States acts as a trendsetter and if we choose to be involved, then other countries will follow. If we do not help our allies and choose to focus on internal problems, how can we ask them for aid in our time of need? Being involved allows the United States to grow in power and influence, and helps to negotiate disputes and promote peace overall.

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  • Anna from Kentucky

    The United States is one of the most powerful nations in the world. While we should not get involved in every foreign dispute there is, it is important to utilize our strength to help protect and defend the freedoms of other countries. Not only will this strengthen our bonds with allies, but it will also allow us to keep a presence and watchful eye over foreign threats and adversaries. Of course, we should keep America’s interest first; the safety of our nation should be the top priority. However, if threats in other countries have the possibility of bringing harm to us, we should absolutely intervene in these foreign disputes. If we do not help our allies in their time of need, they may not want to give us their aid when may need it the most. If our presence in other nations is bringing us more harm than good, we should disengage the conflict to keep our country’s needs the priority.

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  • Erin from Kentucky

    Yes, I think the U.S. should become involved in foreign disputes to help obtain allies. If we aid another country it may benefit us in the future whether it’s financially or with help in our own conflicts. I also think that since we are such a powerful nation, it is our responsibility to help weaker countries who cannot defend themselves. It is in the best interest of our national security and protecting our own interests.

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  • Megan from Kentucky

    I believe that the US should get involved in foreign disputes. This is important because if we war to go into another world war we would need allies. The best way to do this is by helping out other countries when they need it. Another reason for this would be if we ever needed help then hopefully others countries would extend the same favor.

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  • Erin from Kentucky

    Yes, the US should get involved because people around the world will support America and their ways if we support other countries that don’t have the same freedoms that we do. Although it is not our country we are fighting for in foreign affairs, the US holds a lot of power and should use that leadership to help foreign countries.

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    The U.S. should be involved in foreign disputes, but should not be in control of foreign disputes. It is important that if we are able to lend help to an ally in need, that we do. But we cannot take it upon the country to fight other people’s wars for them. I believe the U.S. should be able to intervene if needed, but not intrude.

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  • Jeremy from Florida

    Creating allies is important to the US because if we were to go to war with a country we are not allies with the other countries would back us up for support.

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  • Dylan from California

    Absolutely, the US is the best.

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  • Ryan from Florida

    Yes

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  • Trinity from Texas

    If we vote based purely on historical events, the U.S. lacks any kind of key evidentiary support to show that they should be allowed to, in any way, participate in international disputes; However, due to the ever growing nature of culture and how infused American, specifically Black American, culture is in many nations outside of the U.S., it seems almost worst for the U.S. to be absent from foreign disputes, many of which have basis in money, trade, or human rights. I would ask that anyone reading this think about times in history in which a foreign dispute happened that shifted the course of history across the globe, and think about whether or not the U.S. should have been a part of it. Ethically, we have a long way to go in terms of how war and the transactional relationships we have with other countries; But it seems almost ridiculous that a nation who for the longest time prided itself on being a “melting pot”, a sort of sponge for all of the culture diffusion we see from other nations, wouldn’t be apart of foreign disputes. We just have to work on how the disputes are handled, which comes from sound leadership and understanding the historical basis of how things like colonization, capitalism, global racism and white supremacy, and war mongering can influence the American people’s idea of what it means to have a globally engaged country.

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  • Jose from Massachusetts

    In 1823, the United States of America issued the Monroe Doctrine, stating that no foreign power, especially European, could intervene in the affairs of smaller nations in the Western Hemisphere. In essence, America stated that other nations could not police the world. Even by her own standards, this US should not intervene in foreign powers.

    In nearly every instance when the US has intervened in the conflicts or democracy of a foreign power, (Vietnam, Iran, Nicaragua), the people of the home country have suffered. While sometimes the citizens merely overthrow the unpopular ruler put in place by the US, it more often results in the deaths of thousands.

    And while some may say that the US should intervene in disputes that involve genocide and other atrocities, America should never be unilaterally policing the world. In instances of genocide, like in Syria, the US not only has the right to, but absolutely should intervene. However, in these instances, the US can be deemed “morally correct,” because it has the backing of most of the rest of the world. As the world’s greatest power, it should lead other nations to stop forces of real evil. But, when the US is acting unilaterally, without the full support of organizations such as the UN, it is abundantly clear that she is only looking out for her own self interest, and therefore has no right to steal and pillage from weaker countries.

    Should the US, with the support of other nations, lead war-torn countries and their citizens to safety and out of poverty? Absolutely.
    Should the US police and bully other nations, bending them to their will? As a nation based on the principle that it was the right of the people, not other governments, to overthrow a tyrannical rule, the US should hold true to its values and uphold democracy everywhere – by focusing on its own affairs and allowing the people to choose.

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  • Emilie from Georgia

    While monitoring others’ affairs can help find a solution, it seldom does. It’s like in friendship; if two of your friends are arguing, it is best to stay out of it and not choose sides. More often than not, choosing sides or ‘helping’ can end up with the conclusion of losing one or more of your friends.
    Of course, there should (and are) exceptions to this concept. On the off chance that something along the lines of barbarity is occurring, involvement is pertinent. Depending on a persons’ definition of atrocity and examples, their opinion on what merits the U.S. being involved in these disputes may and will differ from that of others.
    The world is not controlled by one country and therefore should not be policed by one country. Interference in foreign affairs could end up in another war, and with the new technology of this day and age, likely a more deadly one. According to worldpopulationreview.com, The United States has the third-largest military in the world, with 1,374,699 active-duty members. U.S soldiers should not be deployed to dangerous ‘war-zones’ if it is not an immediate threat to the U.S and its citizens. Deploying soldiers to these places where they risk death (more of a risk than everyday life) could be a waste of human life if the dispute would not affect the U.S or its citizens.
    The United States, while doing its best to protect the people of the world, should first and foremost protect its’ citizens before turning its focus to others. One cannot help others to the best of their ability if they are not able to first help themselves.

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  • Lily from Tennessee

    America struggles with many different issues, and unlike America other countries do not step in to meddle in our affairs, so why should we? The answer is we as a country should not. If someone thinks America should attempt to fix other countries problems, then maybe he or she should take a step back and look at their fellow Americans. We as a country have people who are homeless, jobless, starving, struggling with mental health, and sometimes dying due to certain issues who we could focus on and help. Congress and our government should utilize our resources to help our own citizens first. Once American deals with and solves our many issues then we as a country could reach out to other countries to see if we could help at that point.

    Foreign Policy is based on the fact that the government is attempting to maintain U.S. safety and world peace and balance power globally. America should give that effort her to promote safety, peace, and balance so our jails aren’t so over crowded with all of the people who are violating our laws and being unsafe. Another huge issue that is affected when we attempt to assist other countries is our national debt. Every time we help we have to borrow more money and end up farther and farther in debt. Not to mention when our country has natural disasters no one comes to our aid, it’s always our government bailing us out and once again causing more debt.No one sends us supplies when we have a natural disaster. America needs to address and attempt to correct our own problems before reaching out to fix other countries issues.

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  • Daniel from Maryland

    It should not be the responsibility of the United States to police the world or get involved in entanglements that do not impact the security of the country. Arguments in favor of interventionism abroad typically appeal to either the notion of a universal longing for liberal values or a Rudyard Kipling-esque need to enlighten the ignorant third world masses. Every time the United States has occupied a foreign nation without direct provocation to overthrow the established regime and replace it with a new one, the foreign policy planners have been rebuked by insurrection. In Vietnam, when the United States attempted to overthrow Ho Chi Minh’s communist government, American troops became embroiled in bitter and traumatizing warfare against thousands of rice farmers who loved their country and refused to be subservient to a foreign power. Despite superior artillery and a nation-wide draft, the United States lost that conflict and much of its own credibility. In Iran, America’s support for the Shah in opposition to popular sentiment gave rise to radical anti-Western fundamentalism which utterly overwhelmed the Americans and doomed the people of Iran to decades of misery under a dictatorship. In Iraq, the 2003 operation that took out Saddam Hussein led to an eight-year unwinnable war which culminated in the rise of ISIS and left a lasting instability in the region which continues to this day. In Libya, a similar operation to depose president al-Gaddafi took all of the momentum out of the Arab spring and gave a mountain of ammunition once again to radical anti-Western terrorists.

    Time after time, allegiance to country has been stronger than the internationalists could ever fathom. Experience has shown us that an attack on the homeland galvanizes support for the government and turns the common man into a headstrong jingoist. When the United States was attacked on 9/11, president George W. Bush reached the highest approval numbers in his entire presidency, and the country was united behind a “freedom fries” nationalism that made everyone keen to wipe out America’s enemies. When foreigners are attacked pre-emptively by the United States, it incites the same reaction in them as well. Dictatorship is made stronger and hatred of the West, of America, and all it stands for, grows. Democracy would survive far better if it were home-grown, and if the peoples of other nations could be left alone.

    Being involved abroad diminishes our national security prospects in other ways. Besides planting two new enemies for every one that is destroyed, pre-emptive warfare costs lives in the hundreds of thousands, over-extends operations deployed abroad, and requires money to be borrowed by the trillions, which greatly weakens the value of the dollar. The notable exception that interventionists point to is World War II. The truth is that the United States only got involved in World War II after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Before that, it was not our war to fight. We did not enter the fray in retaliation for Hitler’s violence against the Jews, or his territorial aspirations in Europe. Our leaders merely acted in reflexive self-interest after American territory got attacked, and brought the troops home once the mission was complete.

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  • David from Texas

    the U.S. should restrain from intervening in foreign disputes because the U.S. is not responsible for everybody in the world and they don’t need to deal with other countries problems.If a country is struggling with a problem in their community, they should be able to deal with it themselves. The U.S. already has so many problems to deal with right now and they don’t need more conflicts .

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  • Hannah from Texas

    The U.S should not get involved in the foreign disputes because it puts the U.S in debt. For example, WW11 we were involved and it put us in deep debt. Although we trade and have alliances with some countries there are wars we should not have to fight knowing it will endanger the lives of the people that live in the United States. It also is not our responsibility to fight for the world when we have are own things that we need to keep track of. With the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts going is much further reason for us to stay out of the way.

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  • Serenity from Texas

    No, because in the past the Vietnam War could have been avoided. We intervened for the right reasons but suffered the most.

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  • Andrea from Texas

    I believe that the United States should not have to become involved in Foreign Disputes. We already have our own problems to worry about and we do not have the time to worry about the problems of other countries. The only business we have out of the United States is our oil.

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  • Maia from Kentucky

    I think that the U.S. should try to keep its nose in its own business. For a long time the United States has been trying to “police the world” and it doesn’t seem to be going well. We are constantly providing troops and aid for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We pour so much money and effort into trying to be as big as we possibly can and have a presence EVERYWHERE, which just isn’t necessary. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that we should have a foothold, or rather a toehold, in world affairs, but it isn’t our job to fix everyone’s problems, especially not if it’s costing us our resources, putting us even further into debt, which we don’t need anyone’s help with, and needlessly risking the lives of the men and women in the military. I’m not saying we should invoke a policy of isolationism or anything, but America definitely needs to take a breath and focus on its own problems and the needs of its people, rather than trying to fix the world’s issues, because God knows we have enough of our own stuff to deal with without adding the responsibility of other countries to our plate.

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  • Christian from Virginia

    in the ideas of our founding father, George Washington, ” stay out of foreign affairs”. If we involve americans ito the problem of other countries before we address our own problems on the homefront, our lives will slowly degrade into nothing.

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  • Jonny from Arizona

    The United States should not be involved in foreign disputes because that is how Korea and Vietnam started we didn’t need those wars and it just caused unnecessary violence.

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  • Chase from Virginia

    The U.S. should not get involved in foreign involvements because they can be false missions that set out to end terrorism and other atrocities in the world, but only lead to many U.S. military men giving their lives and not stopping evil. Like Afghanistan, the U.S. set out to stop terrorism and has been fighting ever since, killing leaders of the terrorist groups but only to create more terrorists. Another example, like Vietnam, the U.S. could not stop the evil force of Communism, which they wanted to stop so it would not spread around the world and take over, but was a losing fight because many Americans died and the fight was a losing fight that failed. I understand that they are trying to protect democracy, but it is costing Americans a lot of money and lives, which is not always worth the fight.

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  • Tyler from Virginia

    I do not think that the United States should become involved in foreign affairs or disputes. When George Washington left office, he told the public to beware of foreign affairs. The United States should uphold this and not involve themselves with problems that are not their own. The country has enough problems within the country they don’t need to involve themselves with more problems when they can’t solve their own. Also in almost every instance when the United States has become involved the home country has often suffered because of it. While the natives usually overthrow the ruler put into place by the United States it often results in the deaths of thousands of people. Some will argue that the United States should intervene when there is mass genocide but they should only intervene if they have the moral backing and the UN approves of it, but the United States going into countries and bending them to their will and pillaging the countries is immoral and should not be happening in our world. Another reason they should not get involved is because it often starts wars with other countries and kills innocent citizens and soldiers.

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  • michael from Minnesota

    the us should just mind its own business and maybe if everyone just minds their own Ps and Qs we can solve world peace now i understand this is gonna sound rude but if we go around minding chinas business we wont be able to focus on our own and if u personally have a problem with something another country does or did then go there dont waste our time and money on trying to fix something that wont always benifit us (feel free to email me back) michaelmorrison23000@gmail.com

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  • Chase from Texas

    The United States is not the world police. We have our own problems to worry about, and can’t even figure out if it’s ethical to kill babies before birth. Since Trump pulled most United States Military forces out of Syria, the replacement troops have come in aand moved to Iraq, where most of the population is under severe dictatorship and Sharia Law. The United States has no business in these parts, as their main oil exports are from Saudi Arabia.

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  • Andrew from Texas

    I agree with the ideology that the U.S. should not become involved in foreign affairs. This is because while I believe these affairs could affect economy and trade between foreign powers and the U.S. I also believe that these affairs would effect the populous more if we become involved. Say we contest with a foreign power, but the situation becomes heated. Then a war starts, a simple argument being taken to an extreme, then the public will be in danger. It just makes you think, “Would it really be worth it?”

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  • Victor from Texas

    As the question states, “SHOULD THE U.S. BECOME INVOLVED IN FOREIGN DISPUTES?.” In my opinion I would say don’t get involved with other countries. I would say this because in the CNN article “Trump: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.”
    In this article the writer explains that America was involved and had killed the Isis leaded. Now yes he is a bad person and he deserves it, but what will the outrage of his followers be. They might make more terror since they are angry at America. And yes some countries do need help but if you get involved they will be mad at you and probably come for you.

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  • Jacob from Kentucky

    The US should restrain from intervening in foreign affairs through military operations. The United States’ foreign policy should be performed diplomatically, not militarily. We have spent trillions of dollars just in the conflict in the Middle East due to our troop’s presence that require unforeseen resources that tax the American People. Money that Americans give to the government should go back to investments in America, such as infrastructure, not into the rebuilding of other nations. Our current presence in these conflict zones has only led to destruction, deaths of innocent civilians and brave American soldiers, and a general disdain for America abroad. The counter-argument that we are unsafe if we do not have a presence is absurd as it is impossible to police every conflict zone in the world. We are able to keep America relevant in the world diplomatically by using our influence and pressure on other nations to get a better outcome, but inserting our military’s presence into a foreign battleground that doesn’t have a certain and direct threat on the US is unethical and wrong.

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  • Drew from Kentucky

    The U.S. should definitely refrain from getting involved in foreign disputes because that is not what the founders of this nation intended. If a country does not specifically ask us for help we should not assert our help onto them. This wastes our resources and may not even be in the best interest of the country in question. This can also build resentment towards the U.S. if we end up doing more damage.

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    The United states should try to refrain from as much foreign disputes as possible, but there are certain circumstances where we must step in. As many foreign countries know, the United States has one of the strongest military government in the world. We are in a position of great power, but with all power comes responsibilities. As a strong nation, we have an oblgation to support our allies and territories. But we should not have to be included in every dispute that our allies have. Most countries can handle smaller problems by themselves. There are certain occasions such as the World Wars where we must aid with our military support. But these type of big quarrels have not happened in a long time. There is the other factor of helping out small countries who are in desperate need. These kind of situations depend on the circumstance. If we aren’t 100% needed, then we should not interfere. We should not include ourselves where we are not needed. But if the small country is in dire need of assistance and their problem has to do with human rights and life threatening issues, only then should we become involved. After the aid is complete, we must immediately retract from the country. We should not linger and try to gain control of the areas, even if it has good intention. In conclusion, the United States has a duty to help where we are needed but must not become a tyrant and use our power wrongly.

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  • Maria from Kentucky

    Should the U.S. become involved in foreign disputes? No, I don’t know the U.S. should become involved in foreign disputes. We should focus more on the disputes in our country first. I agree that when we get involved it just cases unnecessary violence. I think we need to work on our country. We should only get involved if there is a main problem. We need to save money and the military. That is why I think we shouldn’t get involved.

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  • Isabelle from Kentucky

    Although it is important for the United States to help those in need throughout the world, this does not mean the US should be directly involved with foreign affairs. I think most people can agree that there are several pressing issues that our country needs to address right now, and involvement with foreign countries postpones action to these problems. When you are in an airplane you are asked to put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others. Likewise, the United States needs to sort out our own problems before helping other countries with theirs. The future may consist of direct involvement with foreign affairs, but present day, we need to focus on our own affairs.

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  • Ethan from Kentucky

    I believe that the US shouldn’t be involved with foreign affairs that do not have an allie involved. The US should only get in conflicts when a force is trying to push values onto others and it’s pretty obvious that that group won’t stop once they get that specific area, at that point is when the US should intervene because at this point we don’t know what the group could be capable of and if they are planning on engaging us. Another way the US would get involved in out of country conflicts is if an allie of ours are being attacked.

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  • Jessica from Massachusetts

    The US should not get involved in Foreign disputes. They should not be involved because there will be a fewer chance of being in danger to other countries. If America gets involved with issues that they are not apart, they should stay out of it. Other countries are dangerous and we don’t fully understand what they are capable of. Foreign affairs happen outside of our country for a reason, and there is no reason we should get involved unless it involves us. There are some cases that the U.S should get involves. If we become apart of a dispute, we should make sure we are not being attacked and anyway to keep our country safe. There are times when we can help other countries, but only to an extent. America is a privilege state and it is nice to give to other countries that are need. Overall, if America doesn’t have to get involves, they shouldn’t.

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  • Brady from Kentucky

    The U.S should not become involved in foreign disputes. We should stay out of foreign disputes and focus on ourselves. The U.S has many problems within our nation that need to be fixed. If we get involved in foreign disputes, we can get involved in problems that don’t need us to be there in order to get resolved. It can lead to wasting money, resources, and the lives of our soldiers. I am not saying that the U.S should entirely stop being involved in foreign disputes. The U.S has been involved in many foreign disputes before, some I agree with and some I do not. There is a fine line between being involved in a major foreign dispute such as terrorism, and being involved in other countries fights such as the bombings by turkey on the Kurds. Pulling our troops out of that situation I completely agree with. This is not yet a global thing, and it is a waste of resources and lives of our military members to be over in a foreign country trying to help where our help is not wanted. When the U.S gets involved in other countries business, it can also lead to a poor reputation for the U.S, leading to impacts on future allies/trade relations. I’m not saying that the U.S should never get involved in foreign disputes, but we need to be more selective with which disputes we should be a part of.

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    The U.S should not become involved in foreign disputes. We should stay out of foreign disputes and focus on ourselves. The U.S has many problems withi…

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  • joey from Kentucky

    The United States should restrain from entering other countries to help them with their foreign problems. Just because we are one of the strongest nation on Earth does not mean we must provide our troops and forces to try and help people with their foreign relations. Putting Us lives on the line and risking a war with other countries just to help one under fire, I don’t think so.

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  • Jacob from Kentucky

    The US should not be involved in foreign disputes because the US is not the peacemaker of the world. The US does not need to please everyone. If the US gets involved it could lead to offending someone which could result in wars or disputes with other nations. The US should stay out of foreign disputes so that the US can keep its great name and not offend any nations.

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  • John from Kentucky

    The US should not be involved in foreign disputes in most cases. Other countries will become angered at for if we jump into the middle of a war we have no business being in. It is unnecessary to become involved in these disputes unless it affects us or an ally in some way. The US being involved more often than not will create more problems . It is unnecessary to have to lose US lives in a conflict that does not affect us.

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    The US should not be involved in foreign disputes in most cases. Other countries will become angered at for if we jump into the middle of a war we hav…

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  • Gus from Indiana

    The US should not be involved in foreign conflicts. While it is important to retain a good defense and have a highly trained military on standby, the problems going on in other parts of the world should not be our problem unless there is a threat to our national security. The United States’ involvement past global affairs has had a huge impact, not all of which was good. Policing the world has caused many countries to feel hatred towards America, which can fuel attacks on our home soil. Nowadays, America is expected to get involved in every affair, whether it applies to us or not. Going into isolationism would take the pressure off of our troops make the times when we do send them in a much bigger deal.

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    The United States should not involve themselves in foreign disputes. It not only depletes our resources, but also risks hundreds of lives of American soldiers than can be avoided. Our troops risk their lives on a daily basis to defend our freedom as a nation and protect us from groups or countries that display ill intentions towards America and our way of life. Involving ourselves in battles that are not our own dishonors the sacrifice of those brave young men and women. Those soldiers who die in these battles make that sacrifice unnecessarily. That is murder in its own right that our United States government chooses to send our brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters to a hot spot for a cause that does not concern our country. These soldiers pledge to defend America and its freedom, not to put out fires for the rest of the world.

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  • Joseph from Kentucky

    We do not need to be involved in foreign disputes because we need to focus on our own problems in America. We have too much tension between Republicans and Democrats in this country that needs to be resolved. We as a nation are constantly arguing and before we deal with other countries we must deal with ourselves first. We need to have an America first agenda with the focus on making our country better rather than dealing with other countries that do not directly associate with our day to day lives.

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    We do not need to be involved in foreign disputes because we need to focus on our own problems in America. We have too much tension between Republican…

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  • Harrison from Kentucky

    The United States in its current state needs to focus on its internal problems before getting into other nations matters. Although, it is important to create allies I believe the getting into foreign conflicts will only further the United State’s problems that already exist. I do think that we should be involved only if there is a direct threat to the United States and we must take action in foreign policy. It is important to help others in other nations but the US should not intervene when unnecessary.

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  • Garrett from Kentucky

    Violence leads to violence and peace leads to peace. The US has, for the last century, had an attitude that we should be involved in foreign affairs, but this involvement has led to a hatred from other countries that have differing ideals from our own. Our violence in other countries leads to violence in our own country. Terrorists attempt to destroy us because of our ideals and our inclination to intervene in foreign affairs. In order to protect the American people, it would be more wise to focus our efforts on our own country and our internal affairs.

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  • Madison from Kentucky

    Although I put ‘no,’ I had hoped to be able to put both. My reasoning is because yes, it is not the United State’s responsibility to solve all of the world’s problems; however, I do believe that if there is a direct threat against the U.S., then that is when we should stand up and join with our allies. This reason is based on the circumstance that war is presented against us when we desperately need the aid of our partners. But I also think that we should also help our foreign allies when they truly need us. As past events have shown, we shouldn’t hide away and isolate ourselves from the issue, but stand and fight it to the best of our abilities. Our allies trust us, so we should trust our partners.

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  • Noel from Kentucky

    I believe the United States should limit its presence in foreign affairs. Thus, the United States should have a presence depending on the issue at hand. For example, if there is a direct threat to security, the U.S. should get involved. However, if the issue is a dispute between two countries that does not involve the U.S., the U.S. should limit its presence in the dispute. In my opinion, the intervention of our country into an issue that doesn’t directly involve it could cause tensions and a new conflict. Overall, the United States should protect the nation, defend allies, and defend democracy. However, the U.S. should not intervene at any moment.

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  • Amber from Kentucky

    No, we shouldn’t get involved with foreign wars because in Korea and Vietnam we lost about 90,000 men from both wars that had nothing to do with us or want our concern. We should focus on our country and our problems and not others. We should only get into foreign wars if our country was being threatened by another. We need to fight for our freedom, not others unless it’s needed and we have to step in like the Nazis and Jews during World War II.

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  • Sydney from Kentucky

    I think the United States should not become involved in forgien disputes. I think we are already involved in so much. There is already enough on Americas plate as is. I think it is a good idea to help other people in different countries, but I think the United States has some of its own problems that need to be confronted and fixed first. For example, so many people in the United States are suffering from starvation, poverty, etc… These main issues in our country need to be focused on first before we go and help others. I think helping others is totally okay, but I think if we help other countries, then the United States would receive no help.

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    The US has already established its dominance across the world. Therefore, there is no reason that we should be involved in foreign affairs unless there is a direct threat to our nation. Staying isolated from these conflicts keeps us out of the tensions that ruin countries and cause our national debt to keep increasing. This is what is best for our country because we have power, and we just need stability throughout the country.

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