US foreign policy no longer about defending freedom

US foreign policy no longer about defending freedom



speaking into RT today at the st. Petersburg Economic Forum Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova had an interesting take on u.s. foreign policy in recent years take a listen I think the United States I mean the political system is now turning into something they were always struggling with they were always for democracy and freedom all over the world they were supporting people of goodwill they were supporting the people of freedom they actually started as a country as a brand-new country on a democracy base and on a base of freedom and what we're watching now is upside down they're just like you know canceling their own ideology well the words carry an extra weight today of all days as we commemorate the lives we lost 75 years ago on d-day fighting for freedom and against tyranny no doubt the parallel was intentional but is that accurate have our values really changed so much when it comes to our foreign policy decisions who I have to bring in our 360 view from our political panel Daniel McAdams executive director of the Ron Paul Institute and Ned Ryan CEO of American majority thanks for joining me gentlemen gonna be with you Scotty I thought these words were quite appropriate for today for us to discuss and Dan I want to start with you today we are reminded about d-day and why the US was involved because of a direct attack on the u.s. at pearl harbors the main reason why we got active not to mention the genocide Hitler was conducting to the present where we look at our threats in Venezuela and other places is she accurate in saying that we have a departure from past reasons for the u.s. to involve themselves of militarily in foreign operations well I don't know if I if I buy the premise of her comments that somehow at some point we we went abroad trying to seek freedom you know the whole purpose of the u.s. as so well put out by John Quincy Adams the u.s. goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy if we had only kept that original foreign policy of ours we've been in much better shape today that's the thing Ned how do you see it today compared to some of our motivations in the past for getting involved in these other theaters well I think sky were kind of going through a transition I one of the reasons that Donald Trump got elected is it was a rejection of the neoconservative worldview in which you know we felt somehow that we were supposed to go do nation-building and waste trillions of dollars in places where I don't think our Western democratic values would ever have been successful and quite frankly have not been successful despite us being in some places nearly twenty years now but I would disagree with her on this I think what the United States is still doing under Donald Trump is carry a big stick and walk quietly and where we see threats to our national interests no matter where they are in in the Western Hemisphere or overseas I think Donald Trump and the United States will deal very forcefully with those threats to our national interests but again this is a rejection of the neoconservative worldview and I am all for that well that's interesting and then I have to bring you back and Dan is this also kind of the cost of being the top superpower in the world that you must become the police of the world as well as that you kind of go hand in hand no not at all in fact that's the quickest way to not be the top power because we're spending a trillion dollars on the military each year it's not defense of this country we could defend this country for far less than that most of this trillion dollars goes to the well-connected people within the beltway in the military-industrial complex it goes to him rich a very thin layer of American society at the expense of the rest of the country working hard so indeed the quickest way for us to end our role as the preeminent power is to continue trying to build a global military empire well and Ned how happy do you see that other countries have now become reliant on the United States to get involved in their issues if they have any chance of achieving story on it yeah no that's right I mean Scotty I mean just like what Donald Trump is trying to do for example with NATO he's coming to these you know 20-some countries saying we're not going to carry the bulk of this burden anymore you actually have to step up for example Germany refusing to meet its two percent obligations GDP towards national defense because we are tired of actually footing the bill for their national defense while they're spending money on their social welfare systems and and other things and I think that is refreshing and I would agree you know my dad sat on Armed Services when he was in Congress he wanted to make sure that the money going into our military spending was going towards the men and women in uniform that they were being taken care of and sadly a lot of that money was being eaten up by the military-industrial complex and wasted the billions and billions of dollars that have been wasted I strongly agree that we need a net a good national defense at the same time I think we need to look at where is this money actually going in as it being well spent well it's interesting you bring that up Ned I do want to look at the military-industrial complex because I have both of you on we've discussed it at links on the show for other topics when did that become such a predominant part of our budget of our society and take so much power here in Washington I remember you know one of the reasons why we got out of the depression was because we had a war that's a completely different picture than what we see now as that is one of the reasons why people choose to get us into war is not to help community it's to help actually their own pockets Daniel how do you see it well President Eisenhower warned us in his farewell speech about the rise of the military-industrial complex and he's proven to be as prescient as you can imagine these are the people that dominate foreign policy the the big weapons manufacturers fund the think tanks the think tanks come up come up with the policy papers creating new enemies requiring new weapons purchases enriching the weapons company and round and round it goes in playing a key role in that as the mainstream media which loves to amplify these threats and make things sound worse than they are so we have we have a military that ironically hasn't won a war since World War two we haven't declared war since World War two and as you started the program by saying we've completely lost our way in terms of our view of our role in the world and that's sad because there was a great opportunity at the end of the Cold War to redefine America's role in the world and that's the thing Ned you know president Trump often says you know I I'm playing catch up from what the damage that was done to the military by of the last administration and how much they scaled it back but is that accurate and what he's saying do you think a lot of that a lot of that decisions the president was having to make in regards to Iran and some of these other areas is because of past bad decisions in the president's opinion of former presidents oh absolutely I mean let's face it there are bad people in the world they have to be confronted at some point by the fact that if you will not negotiate with us in good faith there's always the last measure of obviously very strong military response at the same time I mean the reason that we're in some of these situations is because of a weakness in some of the foreign policy and the negotiation of the previous administration at the same time those scottie I want to stress as the other guest was saying we don't have to have perpetual war there's a reason that people want to see that because they are making a lot of money off of that we have to find the right balance how do we have a strong national defense to deal with with threats at the same time let's take a look at how we're spending this money where it's going in and I would agree no no for nation-building at the same time we have to have a little bit of an eye on overseas just to be a little bit of a policeman to make sure these threats don't crop up to damage our national interests well in our closing thoughts I'm gonna ask both of you as you look at the events of today and then in the memories that are being shared by some of the few of the veterans that still answers when you look at America as it was back then and you look at it America in the present today and the leadership what do you see is probably something that is similar and more importantly what do you see the differences and at the role that America plays in the world today in backing up allies against going against the wrongs I'm gonna start with you Dan well I think one of the sad things is because Americans have really not known war since World War two all of our adventures overseas affect a very small layer of American society were much more enthusiastic the average American is much more enthusiastic about seeking force about demonizing people overseas and leaders overseas we've seen the first two years of the Trump administration ruined by his opponents in the Democratic Party and in the deep State the national security state because they didn't like the fact that the American people elected him so they wanted to undermine his president by concocting an absolute cockamamie story that he was somehow in league with Putin so there's a trivialization of what once were considered very serious matters that's the thing and net I know you have children just like I asked me honestly my outlook on war is a lot different as my children get older and older closer to that age of 18 how do you look at today versus maybe how it was in the past well I gotta tell you I was looking at some of those pictures Scotty again of these young soldiers landing at Normandy on d-day and thinking how many 18 and 19 year old today would actually willingly go and would they even know what they were fighting for do they able to understand what it means to have rights to have freedom to have Liberty to be able to confront these things where they crop up anywhere in the world at the same time boy it's pretty amazing there's a reason that it was called the greatest generation and we can celebrate that at the same time I totally agree with you I've got four kids you know my oldest is now 13 boy I would hope that we think very long and hard about where we are engaging around the world and if we have to use military force it sure as heck better be justified a lot of different ways before we actually engage in it and on that line I have to end this segment because I don't think it can be spoke any stronger from all of our opinions on this show thank you so much for joining us gentlemen hey YouTube thanks for checking out our channel we hope you enjoyed the video we have tons of content for you just like this for more of RT America's one-of-a-kind news and 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