Withdrawing from the world makes us less safe, not more
Before World War II, many Americans fell prey to the delusion that if we pull back to our own shores that the world’s troubles will pass us by. After the war, Americans came together in agreement that only our leadership could prevent another catastrophic conflict, while promoting liberty and economic growth as well.
Thanks to our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, there has been no great war for 70 years, and prosperity and freedom have spread around the globe. Americans have served and sacrificed to maintain our security in those decades, but the horrors of a global conflict have been avoided.
Evan McMullin will continue this tradition of leadership that has made America the world’s indispensable nation.
Donald Trump completely fails to understand that leadership is more than shouting “America first” and proclaiming he’ll make “better deals.” It does not mean leading alone, or abandoning the alliances, agreements and security structures that have served American interest for almost 70 years.
Alliances with other free nations have long been one of the most important sources of American power in the world. Real leadership is not a protection racket or a mercenary army where the United States charges others for providing security. Rather, it is about building long-term partnerships with nations that share our values.
In these security partnerships, the U.S. has and will continue to speak candidly about the need for allies to shoulder their share of the burden. In contrast, suggestions that the United States may abandon its allies in the face of foreign threats is an open invitation for China, Russia, Iran and others to expand their spheres of influence, and to provoke dangerous conflicts that may drag us into war.
Opposing brutal dictatorships and speaking out on behalf of democracy and human rights are also essential to American leadership. Other nations follow our lead because they understand that we pursue the collective good, not just our own narrow self-interest. While American soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and intelligence officers have borne the cost of this leadership, the pursuit of common interests has enabled us to build a network of democratic allies across the globe.
Shamefully, Donald Trump praises Vladimir Putin’s oppressive rule and the Tiananmen Square massacre perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party. Unlike Donald Trump, Americans know that when dictatorships slaughter their citizens, it is not a show of strength, but an admission of weakness.
Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of State demonstrates that she is incapable of being a truthful and competent leader. When asked to name even one significant accomplishment as Secretary of State, Clinton has struggled to answer.
Her so-called “reset” of the U.S. relationship with Russia showed how poor her judgement is; she completely failed to understand that Vladimir Putin’s ambitions are a threat to the United States and its allies.
When terrorists murdered four Americans in Benghazi, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Clinton sought to deceive the American people by saying it was not a well-planned attack, but a spontaneous response to an insulting video on YouTube. After eight years of weak leadership under President Obama, we deserve a President who knows what it’s like to fight terrorists on the front lines, rather than making excuses for his failures. Finally, Hillary Clinton’s pay-for-play Foundation undermines the ethical foundations of American foreign policy.
Evan McMullin will provide the leadership America needs in the world. He will pursue the defeat and destruction of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, rather than dismissing such threats as “the jayvee team” or saying they are “already contained.” He will punish Iran for violating the nuclear deal, rather than ransoming American hostages with stacks of foreign currency. He will stand with Israel, rather than blaming a loyal and democratic ally for instability in the region.
Evan will impose tougher sanctions on Russia and increase America’s military presence in the Baltics in order to deter and reverse Putin’s aggression, rather than pretending that he is a partner for peace in Syria. Evan will stand up for the rights of American and allied ships to sail freely in international waters, rather than letting China dominate the Western Pacific.
Finally, he will reverse the reckless cuts that have brought the size, strength, and readiness of the U.S. military to a dangerous and historic low.
When America ignores rising threats to peace and stability, they don’t go away—they just get worse. “Leading from behind” isn’t leading at all; it only ensures that by the time we need to get involved, the situation is worse, the risks and costs are higher, and the world is on the brink of a crisis.
America can and must do better. We must strengthen our alliances and put our friends, not our enemies, first. We must renew our focus on human rights, including the genocidal persecution of civilians in Syria and elsewhere.
Americans never shy away from a challenge, and we have stood and sacrificed for our ideals in the face of Nazism, Communism and Islamic terrorism. The failed leadership of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has left the world on fire, and their disastrous judgment has fanned the flames. We need a president who has the integrity, the wisdom, and the courage to lead.
Evan McMullin will be that President.