By W. James Antle III
With a new president comes change. That’s what America sorely needs in foreign policy, where we have for too long been mired in a deadly status quo of ineffectual and often counterproductive intervention, especially in the Middle East.
Like a hammer in search of a nail, policymakers are quick to solve national security problems through American involvement in foreign quagmires.
Whether by invading, bombing or arming dubious international fighters about whom we know little, our activist foreign policy keeps creating vacuums that are filled by our enemies or assuming burdens that should not be borne by our taxpayers or brave servicemen.
Yet our foreign policy has proved the most resistant to change, even when we elect presidents who appear to understand the problems with the current approach.
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W. James Antle III is the Washington Examiner's politics editor and senior advisor and foreign policy analyst for Defense Priorities. He was previously managing editor of the Daily Caller, associate editor of the American Spectator and senior writer for the American Conservative. Antle is the author of Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped? (Regnery, 2013).