Political Connections With Other Countries
December 30, 2010 by Bob Livingston
The United States now has hundreds of military bases and tens of thousands of troops stationed around the globe. U.S. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks reveal that U.S. diplomats pressure foreign governments to do the bidding of U.S. corporatocracy, and threaten retaliation if they don’t comply.
This is a far cry from the type of foreign policy our Founders envisioned.
In a 1775 letter to Patrick Henry, George Washington wrote: "My ardent desire is, and my aim has been… to comply strictly with all our engagements foreign and domestic; but to keep the United States free from political connections with every other country. To see that they may be independent of all, and under the influence of none. In a word, I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to be respected abroad and happy at home."
Instead, the U.S. is a servant of its global corporatist masters and is neither respected abroad nor happy at home.
We need a leader willing to step up and begin to disengage us from foreign entanglements.