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John Quincy Adams is having a moment of renewal in America. The sixth U.S. president was instrumental in shaping America’s grand strategy, yet is not considered a staple in university curricula today.
The Monroe Doctrine, enunciated by James Monroe, was originally authored by Quincy Adams as secretary of state. It bears a simple, realist logic: America will defend her interests primarily in the Western hemisphere, and stay away from utopian and idealistic endeavors abroad. America, Quincy Adams said in his famous Fourth of July speech in 1821, “goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”
Majority - People - Veterans - Interventions - Hellholes
The majority of the American people, including its military veterans, oppose futile humanitarian interventions in strategic hellholes, yet the country’s centrist establishment in both parties pushes for the status quo of the last quarter-century. Tucker Carlson, Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard, and Elizabeth Warren might agree on little regarding domestic politics, but they are all instinctively opposed to foreign interventions, and support, in some way, a more restrained foreign policy after the hubristic world-shaping misadventures of the recent past.
Yet there’s a constant internal struggle between the most instinctively non-interventionist president in recent years and his own cabinet on Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, and Venezuela. While Trump wants to focus more on China and trade imbalances, a section of his cabinet wants to proceed with the old system.
National - Conservative - Conference - Way - Conference
The recently concluded National Conservative conference was also anachronistic that way. The conference overall was superb (and I wrote about it here) in providing an autopsy of what went wrong in the last 25 years, but one segment of particular interest that needed a standalone treatment was foreign policy.
The reason is not just because foreign policy billed one whole day at...
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