AF believes that US defense and foreign policy should be refocused based on one guiding principle: Doing what is best for the interests of American citizens.
AF believes that our government has lost sight of this goal and allowed the military power of the US to be used too many times for the primary benefit of foreign governments and foreign and domestic business and political interests.
In advocating for US citizens, AF also wishes citizens of all other countries well and hopes they prosper. However, AF recognizes that other countries will protect the interests of their citizens, and likewise AF believes the US government needs to focus on our own citizens.
AF believes that the United States should have the strongest military in the world, but that our forces should be used only when needed to defend our citizens and our country, and to honor our treaty obligations and protect our allies with whom we have mutual defense treaties and pacts, such as NATO.
AF does not believe the United States should be in the business of nation-building, making the world “safe for democracy”, acting as the world’s policeman, intervening in other countries’ internal conflicts, or otherwise interfering in other peoples’ and countries’ business.
AF wants US citizens to be aware that, given our current government budget deficits, any foreign aid we provide is being funded by borrowed money. This makes as little sense as a family that can’t pay its regular bills making a charitable contribution on a credit card. AF stands for the proposition that foreign aid should be curtailed or eliminated until the US fiscal problems have been remedied.
Nation-Building in the Classroom
Has President Obama given up too soon on hopes for fixing Afghanistan?
James Traub, Foreign Policy, January 25, 2013
The author attempts to make the case for nation-building, but does the opposite.
U.S. Easing Out Of Nation-Building Business
Alan Greenblatt, NPR, November 24, 2011
The author comments on the ebb and flow of nation-building’s use as a foreign policy tool.
Does nation-building work?
John Yemma, Christian Science Monitor, June 10, 2012
The author tries to make the case in favor of nation-building, but acknowledges the “mixed” results.
The U.S. Gives Egypt $1.5 Billion A Year In Aid. Here’s What It Does.
Brad Plumer, Washington Post, July 9, 2013
This story presents the facts behind the debate over whether this aid should continue.