Foreign Policy Debate: America First Vs. Macho Man

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Foreign Policy Debate: America First Vs. Macho Man
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He who defends everything, defends nothing. – Frederick the Great

President Donald Trump may be charged with more short-comings that any other president, but he hasn’t gotten us into a major war – at least until now. And to his credit, he has often proclaimed that we need to pull back from our involvement not just in Syria, but in various other hot spots in Asia and Africa.

Back in the mid-1960s, President Lyndon Johnson also recognized the folly of overextending our military involvement around the world   – something that historian Paul Kennedy termed “imperial overstretch.” Trump’s oft-proclaimed “American first” policy is certainly reminiscent of those proclaimed by Lyndon Johnson and Paul Kennedy.

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