This is the final section of a four-part essay series hosted here on the YAL blog which addresses the alliances between the US government and sponsors of international terrorism. Read Part 3 here.
Critical Mass and Critical Awakening
The liberty-minded position on foreign policy—free trade, no entangling alliances, justice for war crimes against the republic, and general peaceful interstate relations—must reach a critical mass of consent. Though support for America minding her own business internationally is on the rise, unfortunately noninterventionism still gets comparatively little attention within the marketplace of ideas.
As I discussed in previous sections of this series, neoconservatives continue to insist that boots must be put on the ground in order to prevent ISIL from having a safe haven from which they can launch attacks against NATO allies. Dick Cheney, Bill Kristol, and a host of other discredited pundits and former power brokers insist on making the same old arguments for endless war. I feel safe in stating that their proposals are not going to be taken seriously nor will they be implemented under any foreseeable scenario.
Another shockingly maudlin variant of this position goes something like this: "Will we allow the investment that our veterans, servicemen and women made on the battlefields, to be in vain? Will we also allow those who died for our freedoms to have died in vain? We must go back over there to make things right and also make sure terrorists don’t use it as a base to launch attacks against Americans."
In my view, this position is a shameless, trite piece of emotional appeal. It is hard for words to express the vile nature of this sentiment.
After all the dead Americans who volunteered to unwittingly take part in a war built on lies? After all the dead Iraqis—Shi’a, Sunni, Christian, and more—visited with a battle of kill or be killed, under false pretense? Will we allow those who died under false pretext for a foreign war that was unjustifiable and criminal to…die in vain?
The sad, sad irony here is too sharp for words to express. The tragic results of this war built on lies cannot be remedied by sending more men, women, and children to early graves in pursuit of an unreachable goal.
Resolve to serve no more
Noninterventionism, the truly foreign policy of a free people, has long since made its debut in the marketplace of ideas. It is incumbent on we who are able to do what