Unfortunately, the unrealism from the economic sectors was translated into such actions as well.
Two of the external affairs blunders, the War in Vietnam and the War in Iraq, were fed through individual Republican ambitions and through a near-sightedness that has no place in foreign policy. Both Nixon and George W. Bush completed military actions that brought no result other than a large number of U.S. soldier casualties.
At the same time, democratic foreign policy, from the times of FDR to Clinton's presidential mandates during the 1990s, has been characterized as "a blend of liberalism and realism," similar to the one governing the internal, economic policies. Their constant interest did not exclude national security, but this needed to be adopted in the period subsequent to the Cold War, when the bipolar world was no longer a reality.
In my opinion, they have managed to defend national security through actions that did not involve the U.S. troops to the degree to which the Republican presidential terms did. In this sense, we can point out towards the campaign against Serbia, during the late 1990s. This campaign was based almost entirely on the American technologic advantage, resulting in few, if any, losses. Direct military intervention was turned down in favor of air strikes and, then, a swift diplomatic campaign.
The Democratic tendency towards reconcilement and a measured approach rather than a conflicting one was clear through history. The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt was also signed during a Democratic term, during Jimmy Carter's presidency, in 1979. The historical agreement between the Israeli and the Palestinians, in the mid-1990s was the achievement of constant encouragement from Democrat Bill Clinton and the list could certainly continue.
This type of Democratic realistic approach should be more appropriate for the time to come, considering the fact that it is likely that a multipolar world might give way to the unipolar world we are living in today. Fight against rogue states and...
However, as we have seen, the Democrat Party provides a balanced approach both in terms of internal and external policies, with an emphasis on sustainable economic growth, with a large penetration of economic benefits with the masses.
Further more, in terms of foreign actions, the Democrat approaches seem to be better prepared for the changing political and security environment into the 21st century and beyond. With a distinct inclination towards concessions and compromise solutions, the Democrats would be much better prepared to face a growing anti-U.S. resentment that might manifest itself at a global level.
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Mann, Catherine. Is the U.S. Current Account Deficit Sustainable? Finance & Development. March 2000, Vol. 37, Number 1
The Democratic Party. On the Internet at http://www.democrats.org/a/national/economic_growth.Last retrieved on August 21, 2007
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