Maintaining alliances is crucial for a nation’s stability and prosperity. Almost every one of our nation’s foreign engagements since World War II has been imperialistic and generally destructive. The United States has found itself backing dictators and engaging in regime-changing wars that caused mass instability and unnecessary deaths in South America, the Middle East and regions throughout the world. The U.S. should work with international partners via NATO to avoid conflict and build a better world by participating in mutual defense, counter-terrorism, and stability efforts.
Over the past several months President Donald Trump has continued many of these reckless policies and pointless wars. However, President Trump has taken these ill-advised practices a dangerous step further by trying to destroy agreements and policies that keep peace and stability in at-risk parts of the world by constantly attacking our closest allies with false claims and outrageous rants (“A new, more-threatening Cold War,” Jan. 11).
One of the few current U.S. foreign policies that is agreeable and good for both the country and world at large is the United States’ involvement in NATO. The treaty set up several commitments and goals for each member nation to uphold and pursue, including maintaining peace in NATO territory, creating cooperation among NATO members, and cultivating mutual defense across the alliance. NATO has been able to withstand the test of time because it has constantly evolved to meet current political and international security concerns while maintaining its core goals. Through building international partnerships and collaborating with member nations, the United States can reduce the number of conflicts that take place around the world and help bring stability to at-risk regions of the world without involving U.S. presence.
The goal of the United States should be to create foreign policy that is less militaristic and expensive. That is why the U.S. must remain committed to NATO involvement. One of the key factors when it comes to bringing peace and stability is this: If we don’t want U.S. troops fighting in foreign lands, we need to maintain our alliances. Our commitment must focus on changing foreign policy to reduce the amount we spend on defense and end the number of aggressive wars we enter. As a member of NATO, our allies can help us achieve this goal by helping in our national security through collaboration and to help maintain stability by working with international partners to bring about and maintain peace.
The writer is Chair of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus