April 11, 2014
The number one goal of America’s foreign policy is to defend and protect American interests, Heritage Foundation expert Ted Bromund said.
These interests include:
- American Sovereignty. This can be summarized as: no other nation can tell us what to do. The United States has established and maintained a system of law, diplomacy, virtue, and a respect for her citizens. These qualities allow America to thrive.
- Independence. This is our basic ability to maintain and sustain sovereignty. Independence is gained by producing natural resources, maintaining military security, and creating an environment in which citizens can thrive without dependence on another nation.
- Respectability. This is earned when sovereignty and independence are secured. The result is a people and a government that are noble and civilized, not just on the world stage but in the day-to-day interactions of the people and the government.
Without these three fundamental interests, America ceases to exist, Bromund argues. And that’s why we must always be willing to fight for them.
Bromund’s outline of America’s interests are not new. In his farewell address, George Washington listed similar themes:
Happy in the confirmation of our Independence and Sovereignty, and pleased with the opportunity afforded the United States of becoming a respectable Nation, I resign with satisfaction the Appointment I accepted with diffidence.
Do you think the U.S. should protect our national interest?