We’ve spent the last several weeks on the brink of war with Iran. Such a war would be a disaster. We’ve already lost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars in endless wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The near-war with Iran is part of that bigger story. Even though ordinary Americans – along with many veterans and security scholars – have been urging us to bring these conflicts to a close and adopt a more careful foreign policy, leaders on both sides of the aisle keep getting the United States into conflicts abroad. They’ve been cheered on by many in the media and in the foreign policy establishment.
It’s time for new voices to speak up. We need a foreign policy guided by prudence, restraint, and realism. A foreign policy that leads with diplomacy and trade and avoids military entanglement. A foreign policy that – in John Quincy Adams’ wise words – “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”
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