On Global Leadership

On Global Leadership

The wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Ukraine represent the “new world order”. These conflicts are not nation-state wars but are wars between religious factions and insurgent government opposition groups.

While the “let’s go to war” crowd that took America to war in Iraq and Afghanistan creating the dissolution of the various states, are calling for the U.S. to once again commit its troops and treasure to the internal conflicts, the President is saying NO. The pundits and the opposition are labeling this inaction as the President “not leading”. However, leadership can be established by not sending troops; by not using American power to intervene on regional or civil wars.

The fact is the President is leading and is establishing a new foreign policy position for the U.S. It has long been said that America cannot be the “policeman of the world”. The President is leaving civil wars to the non-nation-states with a foreign policy based on nation-states. The world is not a safe place. It is not because the U.S. has abandoned its “let’s go to war” policy but it is because the nation-states have yet to determine how to respond to the conflicts being created by non-government groups that are backed by nation-states.