Letter: A true foreign policy debate
In the Oct. 23 debate Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for going on an apology tour around the world and said, “America has not dictated to other nations, America has freed other nations from dictators.” Romney believes there’s nothing the U.S. should apologize for.
In my freshman year at UNH I learned how the CIA clandestinely backed massacres in Indonesia that killed half a million people in the mid-1960s, and that the United States has backed dictatorships in just about every single Latin American country, often at the expense of more democratic alternatives, for the sake of greater profits, under the guise of “fighting communism.” In my conservative private high school, I learned we overthrew democracy in Iran for cheaper oil and supported dictatorships instead of democracy in both South Korea and South Vietnam. We continue to support many dictatorships. Most intellectuals believe our sanctions against Saddam Hussein in the 1990s made him stronger and killed half a million innocent children. In our economic system we allow millions of children to die each year from lack of $10 mosquito nets but don’t consider it an atrocity. True foreign policy critics such as Noam Chomsky aren’t allowed onto cable news programs.
I wonder what a real foreign policy debate would look like; I’ve never seen one. I love Americans, but I also love other people equally. To become a responsible society we’ll have to learn incredible humility, honesty and transparency.