On this Veterans Day, I wanted to share my vision for how to honor the sacrifices of our soldiers — namely by pursuing a foreign policy that puts their lives, and America’s national interest, first.
I lay out four principles for achieving this in my latest work at Conservative Review, which you can read here.
As I write in the piece:
There are several things that we as Americans ought to demand of our civilian leaders on behalf of our troops, including among them:
- A foreign policy based in America’s national interest that does not result in the arming of those who wish to undermine us either directly or through destabilizing regimes that suppress such enemies;
- A clear and logical justification for American interventions overseas, replete with a rationale cost-benefit analysis that looks at the peoples with whom we are engaging without politically correct blinders, and cogent exit strategy;
- The abolition of suicidal rules of engagement that leave our troops vulnerable while protecting the enemy;
- An end to social engineering of the armed forces — militaries exist to destroy enemies and defend shores, they are not playthings for progressives
We should be humanitarians towards our citizens first. Part of that includes not putting them in harm’s way to achieve abstract pipe-dreams overseas, the failures of which accrue to the benefits of our enemies.
On this Veterans Day, let us resolve to embrace a path that makes our troops’ sacrifices worthwhile.
Featured Image: U.S. Army Cpl. Robert Graves kneels while providing security as the 401st Military Police Company walks through the village of Udkheyl, Logar province, Afghanistan, on July 7, 2010. (Defense.gov/Wikimedia Commons)