The Founding Fathers of our great nation, the United States of America are some of the most intelligent thinkers America has ever known. They envisioned the future of our country and acted accordingly. Their Constitution, which was applicable in the 1700s, is still followed nearly 250 years later. They envisioned a country run by an elected leader, with two houses or representation to ensure equal representation. Such a system is still used to great effect. They gave rights to the American people, rights that would not be seen in most monarchies of the time. Yet these rights endured and are followed today. Rights that many other countries took example from and implemented in their own societies. The foundation of our country was built upon the policies of the Founding Fathers. Domestic, Social, and Economic policies are still followed today, although not to the same extent as in the 1700s, but there is a clear link between American policies in the 21st century and American policies in the 18th century. Yet the policy that has been dramatically changed, the dogma that the founders of our country followed in all their wisdom, but we do not today, is foreign policy. American foreign policy of the 18th century was that of non-interventionism. We followed this ideology for quite some time, up until the Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt in which he changed our policy from non-interventionist to interventionist, from reactive to proactive. Our country changed our policy, and not for the better. By changing from a reactive government to a proactive government on foreign policy, our country has turned into an international target, painted for our aggressive and unnecessary actions that have negatively affected us and hurt us in more ways than one.
To understand the negative effects of our current foreign policy, the concept for blowback must be understood. Blowback is generally defined as unintended consequences of an action or situation. After Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency, America has had an increase in blowback situation. By involving ourselves in more conflicts it is only natural that American suffers more blowbacks. The concept may seem complex, how one action leads to a response that mediates another action and another response. An endless cycle essentially. To put it simply, look at the most significant blowbacks of our involvement in other countries, one of the most profound being Pearl Harbor. Although it can be argued that the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian port in support of the German campaign, that argument is illogical. The Japanese would never attack a neutral country as large and powerful as America and risk bringing them into the war thus tipping the scales in favor of the allies. The only logical solution was that America was in fact hurting Japan in some way, which would facilitate a response on the part of the Japanese in the form of a bombing run. Such an event did occur. The US in 1941 imposed an oil embargo on Japan that immediately threatened to cripple Japan’s economy and stifle their military campaign. So the Japanese attacked as their last resort. Another example of blowback is the atrocious attack on September 11th 2001. Although there are a multitude of reasons the terrorist attack occurred. One stands out, US Foreign Policy in the Middle East and their support for Israel. Our involvement in Israel and our support for that country initiated Osama Bin Laden’s hate for the United States (wherein he published a document entitled Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of Two Holy Places). Bin Laden’s critique of America had never been cultural, as propaganda would wish the public to believe. His hate stems from American involvement in his cultural and national affairs, it stems from American support of Israel over the Middle East, as a result result, the 9/11 terrorists plot formed (Paul). These two blatant examples of American involvement in foreign affairs have led to...
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