American Strategy For U.s. Foreign Policy

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Walter Russel Mead, a Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, believes that “American strategy for U.S. foreign policy is shaped from four distinct schools of thought: Hamilton and his protectionist toward commence, Wilson and his sense of moral principles; Jefferson and his maintenance of our democratic system; and Jackson, the advocate of populist values and military might.” Henry Kissinger argued that one of these schools has dominated American strategy and stated, “It is above all to the drumbeat of Wilsonian idealism that American foreign Policy has marched since his watershed presidency, and continues to march to this day.” After reviewing many of the actions and statements made by the presidencies since Woodrow Wilson, during and after the Cold War, there is no doubt that Henry Kissinger is correct in his statement.
There are repeated examples of Wilsonian idealism in the presidencies and in their foreign policy from Wilson through the end of the Cold War. Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman’s administration supported the formation of the United Nations in order to promote human rights and freedom around the world. In a speech to Congress, President Truman recommended assistance to Greece and Turkey when he stated, "The free peoples of the world look to us for support in maintaining their freedoms. If we falter in our leadership, we may endanger the peace of the world. And we shall surely endanger the welfare of this nation." This…

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