Foreign Policy in the 2012 Presidential Election Op-Eds #2
By posted on September 24, 2012 in
Domestic Spending and Foreign Policy in the 2012 Election
By Jean Humbrecht, Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives
In an election which previously seemed to be focused on the economy and the stagnant job market, Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice president will undoubtedly bring foreign policy to the spotlight.
To the man who brought down the most damaging spy in U.S. history, the Fourth of July is about more than cold beer, fireworks and hotdogs - it's also about remembering the reason for the season: our freedom.
With America’s “pivot” toward the Asia-Pacific region, President Obama announced an outline for a trans-pacific partnership that excludes those countries that do not “follow the rules” and signaled U.S. intent to rotate Marines though Australia. These actions suggest that the U.S.-China relationship is trending toward a more confrontational balance of power dynamic. How did this relationship come to such a point of increased tension and friction? From 1972 to 1991, the two countries shared a common strategic objective –balancing the USSR. This shared objective led the U.S.
Last week, YPFP’s Middle East Discussion Group (MEDG) gathered to discuss four options for U.S. intervention in Syria: diplomacy, military intervention, economic actions, and wait-and-see. Even with the broadest of parameters, the group did not agree on one approach. There were some who made the argument that for both humanitarian concerns and U.S. national security interests, it would be prudent to take military action soon.