On July 4, 1821, U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams spoke about this nation and its foreign policy. Among the many points he made was: "But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. ...
"She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself, beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. ... She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit."
It appeared as if Adams suffered cognitive-dissonance regarding treatment of Native Americans and blacks.
Unfortunately, we have long ignored Adams' warning about foreign intervention. As a result, huge funds are now used to support our unnecessary, giant, corrupt and wasteful permanent military establishment and empire at the expense of the population's well-being.
The Trump administration's latest threats against and provocation of North Korea have created yet another unnecessary crisis. Despite these actions being consistent with long-standing U.S. policy, they also increase the possibility of a nuclear conflict. Talk about insanity!
As expected, the U.S. mainstream media's coverage offers only mindless propaganda. For example, the coverage fails to provide any context for this situation, including what the U.S. did during the Korean War. For example, U.S. Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay said: "We went over there and fought the war and eventually burned down every town in North Korea anyway, someway or another, and some in South Korea too. ... Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population of Korea as direct casualties of war, or from starvation and exposure?" LeMay didn't mention the criminal bombing of hydro-electric and irrigation dams that flooded large parts of North Korea and destroyed the food supply.
In addition, it is seldom mentioned that the George W. Bush administration violated agreements with North Korea which were negotiated in 1994 and again in 2005. As a result, North Korea pushed ahead with its nuclear weapons program. There is also little discussion of why North Korea feels that it needs nuclear weapons.
We need a true leader/statesman to transform our fundamental maxims back to liberty as Adams envisioned instead of relying on force.
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