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.
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