- Albert Hong
- Vancouver, WA
- United States
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A US foreign policy that is grounded in humility.
It's no secret that much of the world (as well as many US citizens) treat the United States with mistrust. Most of that mistrust is founded upon our attitude toward foreign policy as well as many bad decisions in the past (and the present).
-replacing democratic leaders with 'friendly dictators' in the cold war in countries such as guatemala
-nuking of japan
-provoking a war with, and stealing half of mexico's land (as well as ignoring mexico)
-Vietnam, Iraq, etc. that are still fought today
-exploitation of many countries
I believe that foreign policy should be treated as any other human relationship. In any human relationship when you hurt someone else, the first step to repairing a relationship is to apologize.
My idea is that a lot of good could come out of a public apology from the United States. To construct a list of past transgressions and say I'm sorry.'
-It would help mend the idea of 'western arrogance' and be good to see some humility.
-It would outline awareness to the American public. Part of the problem is, in the past, the American public was completely ignorant of the government's actions.
-it would show that the United States is accountable.
Of coarse this would only be the first step in repairing relationships and image, but admission of wrongdoing is a big step to take.