Author Topic: What's wrong with U.S. foreign policy?  (Read 389 times)

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Offline segnosaur

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Re: What's wrong with U.S. foreign policy?
« on: June 07, 2019, 12:11:39 pm »
What I have noticed about foreign policy in the U.S. is that it's quite fluid. You make an agreement with the U.S. and it has a maximum shelf-life of 4 years, 8 if you're lucky. In other words, the life of one particular administration.
I don't know if its quite as fluid as you are making it out to be.

For example, some trade deals (e.g. NAFTA) have ~25 years (through both Democratic and republican administrations). NATO hasn't really changed much. It kept its isolationist policies against Cuba for decades. It still abides by various arms control treaties (such as various nuclear test ban agreements). And the US still follows the Munroe doctrine.

Granted, Trump has been an absolute wrecking ball (pulling out of NAFTA,TPP and the Paris accords), harming America's standing in the world and showing itself to be completely untrustworthy. But he seems to be the exception. Usually most presidents don't made radical changes because they are either willing to stick with what works, or if they make changes will do so slowly over time.