U.s. Middle East Policy

1631 Words Oct 5th, 2015 7 Pages
Any discussion of U.S. Middle East policy is integral to the national political discourse. A presidential or congressional candidate has to prove her/his foreign policy knowledge on the campaign trail, but unfortunately the electorate is generally not informed enough to critically assess a candidate’s understanding, which risks giving our leaders virtually unchecked power to make policy in our name. An important part of educating young citizens in a democracy is to teach them the tools they will need to understand their nation’s foreign policy, past and present.

It can be argued that a nation’s relations with other nations is primarily based on promoting its short and long term national interests, while reflecting its core values. In the process of promoting national interests abroad, a nation’s political, social, and moral values can be faithfully reflected, or become compromised/distorted to some degree when democracy and human rights are not advanced or are negatively affected. Many students are often astonished at how the U.S. has supported regimes that have not respected the rights of its own citizens, or its neighbors, and it can, and should, lead to very interesting conversations. A nation’s citizens, and rising citizens (our students), have a civic responsibility to seek to understand and critique their government’s foreign policy and examine the balance between the protection of vital interests and promoting core values, and to assess whether our policy makers are…
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