Trump’s foreign military actions are contentious

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

Avid and loyal supporters of President Donald Trump seem to be elated at his recent decisions to bomb strategic sites in Syria and Afghanistan. They see his recent actions as a strong sign of his ability to show our military might and give us the illusion that we are safe and should feel protected.

No doubt his military decisions have spiked popularity among many people despite the questionable decisions he made in picking his cabinet and advisors. In fact, focusing on the recent military actions has diverted some of the negative fallout occurring among those within his administration.

It doesn’t seem to bother some people that he hasn’t presented any real plan or strategy to bring about an end to this slaughtering of innocent people or eliminate the terrorist group, ISIS. Is a momentary bombing here and there supposed to make the American public feel safe and protected?

Many people feel we are interfering in other nation’s affairs and we would be better served minding our own business and protecting our own shores. You find a growing number of Americans who would argue that our allies in the UN are only pawns financially supported by our country but having no true allegiance in supporting our country in fighting injustices in the world.

We are led to believe Trump was impelled to act because of the inhumane gassing of innocent Syrians by forces representing President Bashar al-Assad Ashamed of Syria who is backed by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

But one must be cognizant that ruthless regimes and dictators are continuously slaughtering innocent people in continents throughout the world daily, especially in Africa. Where is that empathy to aid other innocent people suffering and being slaughtered throughout the world?

No question, we are the most powerful and influential country in the world, and for some this puts us in a position to police the world. However our meddling and often selfish need to control and dictate has made us an enemy among many foreign countries. Let’s be honest. We rarely help other countries unless we have self-interest in their resources or where they are located. Our foreign involvement reeks of a history of aiding ruthless dictators and exploiting foreign nations for their labor and resources.

Maybe our sins have come about to haunt us as certain countries retaliate against our history of intimidation, domination, and overt power—often disguised as an uplifting of other countries’ economies. But eventually our interests manifest as self-serving purposes associated with resources, power, and greed. Honestly, we are not as innocent as we would like our citizens to believe.

We must be realistic and recognize that there are many countries that are no longer afraid of our threats or position of power and are ready to die rather than be dominated and taken advantage of. We are living in a world where we should pray that diplomacy and tact act as the main tools for bringing about peace and security. War should be a last resort and it should be planned to eradicate the problem, not as a tool of elevating or exacerbating the problem.

Ideologies concerned with maintaining and securing national security differ, but we all want to feel safe and protected. Jingoes considered warmongers, favoring tough foreign policies that may promote war will be constantly in conflict with pacifists who are adamant against war and feel peaceful measures should be taken at all costs to avoid conflict among nations. But we must be mindful that most Trump supporters want the United States to be more aggressive in manifesting its military capacity as a deterrent promoting our safety here at home. Thus, they feel the recent foreign military actions are appropriate.

I for one hope that diplomacy and tact will be considered in future decisions involving our national security and world peace. Only when we are attacked on our shores should we be ready to do whatever is necessary to maintain national security and safety.

Many people question if we are in a position to police the world and not compromise our own safety. I don’t know if anyone knows the correct answers or solutions to solving world problems but we must tread carefully and tactfully using the utmost diplomacy when possible.

One must remember the leaders who advocate wars usually don’t personally or physically fight. Rather they put our fathers, sons, mothers, and daughters in a position to defend and even die for selfish and often contentious reasons.

I love this country and am willing to defend it and even die for it—but for the right reasons, which are mainly to protect my family and love ones and to maintain the freedom, liberties, and rights offered us as American citizens.