Our Foreign Policy Dilemma

There’s no question that the George W. Bush Administration favored an aggressive foreign policy, charging into Afghanistan and Iraq following the 9/11 tragedy. Conversely, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy resume in the last seven-plus years has been passive, hesitant and almost non-existent, as evidenced in confrontations with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. But is there a middle ground in foreign policy for the United States? Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Wall Street Journal says, “Yes, and New York City is a model” in this edition of Prager University.

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Should U.S. Police the World?

When the topic of America policing the world comes up, progressives are quick to react. They point to American arrogance, or ask themselves, “Who made the U.S. the boss of the world?” Conservatives, especially those with libertarian leanings, proclaim, “What other countries do to to their neighbors is of no concern of ours.” But what is the alternative, asks Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and foreign affairs expert Bret Stephens. In his book, America in Retreat, Stephens writes, “The order that the U.S. has provided has not only had enormous security benefits for all the world, it has also produced phenomenal economic advantages.” Stephens weighs in some more in this edition of Prager University.

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