US Post Cold War Interventionism Foreign Policy

There is a strong and credible argument that the United States foreign policy has encouraged widespread destabilization across the world, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. The use of the United States military should be restricted to situations where the country’s regional integrity, liberty, or sovereignty is under threat.
President George Washington, the founding father of the United States, established the country’s first foreign policy that forbids the new republic to engage in political and power struggles in other countries across the globe. During his farewell speech in 1796, the president stated that “the great rule of conduct for the United States foreign policy is extending the countries commercial relations, with minimal political involvement as possible” (Gordon and Shapiro, 2004, p52). The president further stated that it was in the United States’ foreign policy to avoid unnecessary permanent alliances with any region across the globe (Dean 1999). Since that speech, the United States has been involved in numerous conflicts across all the six continents in the world.
The main objective of the United States’ involvement in the Cold War was to deter the expansion of communism across the world. According to Bleschloss and Talbot (1993), the progress of the Soviet Red Army in the Second World War established the Soviet Union as the most dominant power in European continent. The Red Army freed Eastern Europe from an unwarranted Nazi aggression which had claimed millions of lives in the continent. Blum (2003) noted that the Soviet Union had suffered the heaviest casualties, totaling over 20 million and the new government under President Josef Stalin was determined to prevent Western-style democracy to become entrenched in the European continent.
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