Not many people think much of the Obama foreign policy morass and for good reason if you look at what happened in
Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya,
Yemen, Syria, Russia,
and all the others I forgot. Ukraine
However, my philosophy has always been trust the people, not the politicians. Thus, Obama and congress continued to fight over everything not important while the world awaits important decisions that are important.
Well by now, we should have learned a few lessons in foreign diplomacy. No one really tells the truth when negotiating. No matter what we do, we will figure out how to waste billions of dollars in defense and foreign aid spending, our intervention will result in millions of refugees, sanctions really do not work, and no one seems to be hearing the people impacted by the policy decisions.
What to do?
How about we actually try to reduce tensions, stabilize economies, protect homes and property of the people of the world, make sure no more crises result from refugees, give kids a permanent home and education, and make sure war is not part of so many people's lives around the world.
Start by defusing what should not be a crisis.
1. Lift the sanctions on
the people of
have been through enough. The
incorporation of the people of Cuba
into the American influence that can result from open borders and no sanctions
is far more likely to bring our people together, than actions by the
governments. The people of Cuba Cuba are a wonderful people as witnessed by the
Cubans already living in . America
2. Adopt the
nuclear agreement and drop the sanctions.
Once again the people of Iran
have always been wonderful friends and contributors to the American way of life
and the only way the shackles of outrageous practices under the guise of
religion can be broken is to immerse the people in exposure to alternatives in
3. Stop treating
as the bad boy and acknowledge that our governments do not have to agree on
everything. For one, Crimea and a border
strip of land to Crimea from Russia Russia
has always connected Russia
Even the Ukraine
people know the pro-Russian influence of eastern parts of . Give
Russia land access to Crimea. Russia
Also, agree to let the
be an independent nation
without dictating government affiliations with the East or West. In this day of government over-reach in
monitoring everything from your phones to bedrooms, how could anything bad go
unnoticed in this viral age. We have the
ability to monitor everything, legally and illegally I might add, so use it for
a meaningful purpose like peace rather than just for national security and war. Ukraine
While we are at it, get rid of the economic sanctions we imposed on
The people of Russia hurt the most from these
financial sanctions, not the government, or the bankers. These people being hurt are the same ones victimized
after the fall of the Soviet Union when we went in and tried to establish democracy
in Russia . Russia
There was no way a democracy could work in a country ruled by czars for 1,000 years and Communism for 75 years without years of slow development, but we shoved it down their throats and then were shocked when it not only failed miserably, but nearly bankrupted this new nation once freedom was established.
We may not like Putin but the Russian people do and we should listen to them and deal with Putin as he holds the key to long-range action in
Syria, , and other world hot
spots. Obama claims to be the great
negotiator yet fails to negotiate with someone very important to the Middle
East, Asia, and even North Korea Europe.
4. Double and triple our efforts to work with
. They hold more American debt than any other
nation, bank, or family. We share some
ideals with the emerging Chinese superpower like working for a better standard
of living for our people, improved environmental initiatives to clean the air,
water, and land, and the management of natural resources in responsible ways. China
Does anyone think
want to clean up pollution? It will cost
billions of dollars and millions of Chinese people need other help, yet the
huge clean up effort started and will continue.
In the meantime, China China
is becoming one of the best trading partners of . America
America, faces a long legacy of
corruption, corruption that must stop, involving the politicians, government
employees, contractors, the rich, the financial institutions, and foreign
governments. There is amazing progress
by President Xi Jinping in attacking this
problem, yet we have been quiet in supporting his efforts. China
Instead, our government warms of the emerging power of
frets over defensive moves by the rising nation, and blames for every
cyber attack that takes place until investigations show they did not do it. China
NO ONE has trampled over the rights of people to privacy and freedom more than the
government. No one has the technology to
eavesdrop on every aspect of American life like our Intelligence agencies, and
thanks to Edward Snowden, the despicable acts of our government, in spying on
their own people, are public information. United States
We have no business as a nation tossing accusations of cyber snooping on
or China when the finger
should point at us, the , who have routinely monitored every
government in the world legally and illegally for decades. United
It takes a lot less money to feed the hungry than to spy on our perceived adversaries. It takes a lot less money to help
their environment, which directly helps the world environment, than to
encourage the Asians to increase defense and intelligence spending to find out
what we are doing to them. China
What ever happened to common sense?
Why not devote a generation to tearing down border restrictions, improving the quality of life for everyone, eliminating hate-inspired sanctions, and helping people preserve their cultural heritage rather than obliterate it.
Our priority should be helping every young person in the Middle East, Asia, and
find decent jobs rather than forcing them into terrorism for an
occupation. The investment would be far
cheaper than the multi-billion dollar cost of new and unnecessary weapons
systems or intelligence capabilities.
Let us work as hard to bring down barriers between people as we did to build them.