Policy From the Master of the Obvious

This is not a policy blog.  I don’t normally comment on issues as to whether they are right or wrong.  Given everything happening in the world right now I thought I’d make an exception.  The policy I want to focus on is the idea of a non-interventionist foreign policy.  

Even though this idea has gained some traction in recent years it does appear to be losing popularity.  Here is the thing to keep in mind – when you intervene in another country it is because you want things to go a certain way, namely what benefits you.  So when you stop intervening you do take the risk that things are not going to work out the way you want them to.  For example, if the U.S. doesn’t intervene heavily in Iraq we will have to live with the fact that ISIS could take over and run the place like a theocracy and use it stage terrorist attacks. 

Interventions certainly have their consequences but so does not intervening.  It would be nice if we could have a discussion about weighing the costs/benefits of these two big ideas before actually deciding what to do.  I know, I’m a dreamer on that one. 


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