My whole life I have to say that the most difficult subject to discuss in conservative circles is Foreign Policy. To me, the conservative approach to Foreign Policy is not as simple as just spending a ton of money to overwhelm the opposition. It is a combination about a rule of engagement that makes sense, an efficient use of funds to maximize the amount of use every dollar gets, the limitation on foreign (and in particular chinese) parts and weapons we buy for the military, and strategic deployments to be able to afford for a quick response to any threat to us, or our allies.

Why did Ronald Reagan win (or at least won the official cold war) the cold war? He exploited a weakness in the other side who in truth were not all that siked about attacking us directly, but showed a willingness to do so throughout the prior years up to Ronald Reagan. That weakness was their philosophy on government, and their strictly controlled economy that was made for inefficiency and was prone to collapse if they overspent. They wanted to match him nuke for nuke, so he outstripped them on that front while subvertly showing the soviet populations the good things that came with a capitalistic society (or at least more capitalistic then their’s). The combination broke both the spirit and the wealth of the soviet empire. The Federal governments first responsibility is the defense of this country. The defense of our country is also furthered by having strategic allies.

Strategic allies are important, but it is also important to identify who our allies are, who is hostile to us, but not enemies, and also who are actually our enemies. Each designation has a different set of circumstances, and should be treated differently accordingly. We should never accept someone who is our enemy overnight to become our friends, and should also be wary of those who are hostile trying to befriend us for some purpose that is not in our interest. Now, is it in the best interest of the country to identify publicly these lists? Absolutely not.

What we must do is to decide only when American interests to go to war. When we go to war we must prosecute that war. We must realize that war is sickening, its terrible, and it should only happen when necessary. The things that keep war constant, is when we adhere to rules of engagement that do not allow us to appear significantly superior to the enemy we are fighting. I understand that more collateral damage will happen if we do not keep to the status quo in a period of time. But I challenge to say that in the long run a six month war with a real rule of engagement will kill less innocents than a ten-year war trying to tiptoe around avoiding collateral damage.

The most confusing part of the status quo on foreign policy is the amount of foreign aid is given and who that aid is given to. There is no reason to give foreign aid to a regime that is identified as hostile to their own people. There is no reason to give foreign aid to a country that we owe money, that “aid” should be seen as repayment of a debt, not a gift. There is no reason to give foreign aid to a country that has proven that it is incapable of using that aid for its designed purpose. I agree with Rick Perry in that foreign aid should be reset to zero and reallocated every fiscal year, and that the amount of that aide would go down because I would eliminate those countries from aide that fit the descriptions above.

We should root out corruption, and get rid of those that are corrupt. Not just to save money, but so that money can be better spent. Maybe we can start buying parts from the U.S. for our planes so that they are not fake parts and don’t fall out of the sky like one did in Norfolk a few weeks ago. We should give adequate armor for our troops to do the jobs they are called to do, and pay them better. This can be accomplished the streamlining and making the military more efficient in its use of money.

We should engage in diplomacy only when the situation calls for it. When it is over a clearly identifiable disagreement with a regime that is not a terrorist hoarder or sympathizer. We should encourage and show all nations the greatness of the capitalist system, and I truly believe one of the best ways to do that is to rid the federal government of overarching control of our economy. When there is a revolt against a regime that is oppressive and an enemy we should help those in any way we can, but we should not always join in the fight as sometimes that is unnecessary and draws in extra-national fighters particularly from al Qaeda that will blend into both sides of the fight to ensure their power is heightened either way.

To me, this overall philosophy on foreign policy is not seen often in politicians, and I’ve experienced a similar lack of people who believe in these types of principles on twitter. The final piece of this puzzle the last article will go into what my experiences have been. The next article will be on the largest cause of debt in our country. Federal Entitlements

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce.” -James Madison

“The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations to have as little political connection as possible… Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalships, interest, humor, or caprice?… It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” -George Washington

Those two quotes, in post-script, detail what is my most pressing thought as to the first step of our downfall in this area. The U.N. should not be funded, joined, or participated in as long as it is in our country and seeks undue influence on our laws or attempts to trump our constitution as it does in the LOST treaty.