There isn’t a single page in the United States Constitution that gives America the right to act as the global policeman and this title has done nothing but aid in countries resenting a bullying behavior and should come as no surprise when countries seek revenge. No one cares for the bully on the playground, especially if the bully has nuclear warheads, conventional weapons and a proclivity for bombing countries.
Solving the world’s problems isn’t the role of the United States and acting militarily isn’t the answer unless American interests are threatened directly. For decades, the U.S. has placed weapons in the hands of ruthless monarchies and autocrats in countries such as the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. When foreign governments seek assistance in controlling their population many times it’s by using weapons provided from the United States. Acting as the global police undermines the sovereignty of another country and not allowing another country the same rights to privacy, freedom and justice creates unwanted conflict.
America’s overzealous tendency to bomb the shit out of everyone stems from arrogance and ignorance. The arrogance for believing the U.S. is the only country that matters in a global economy and ignorance for not understanding the cultural dynamic of other countries. A lack of education leads to a parochial and ill-informed America unable to render decisions based on diplomacy instead they resort to bombs like a bully who doesn’t get their way.
America is a super power both militarily and economically and protecting its global interests requires an approach that serves not only its best interests but is also sensitive to the needs of others in a global community. Bombing countries into submission will surely create more enemies and hostility in the world than it will bring about peace, lasting relationships and trust from other sovereign nations. American foreign policies tend to be rooted in selfishness, nurtured in ignorance, and enriched by fear. The byproduct of this combination generally results in war, and it’s been that way for over sixty years.