President Trump has announced that he is withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria. The reaction to this decision has raised cries of alarm across the political spectrum.
I claim no expertise in international affairs but will share some thoughts on this latest noisy crisis of faith (and unfaith) in our president.
Although it is easy to pick and choose quotes from America’s founders and original thinkers, President Trump’s actions seem to line up with the thinking of several of these men.
Thomas Jefferson described what he saw as America’s role in the world thus: “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.”
George Washington was even more to the point. He said that we as a nation should “act for ourselves and not for others” and spoke of our nation’s very “character” as a nation as being “wholly free of foreign attachments.”
That was our nation’s understanding for generations, but America’s thinking and its role in the world changed after WWII, for then much of the world lay largely in ruins, and it thus looked to America — to its industry, to its wealth, to its power.
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