Marco Rubio: The Value of American Leadership
In his Senate floor speech this past Thursday, Marco Rubio addressed an erroneous argument that has gained popularity regarding foreign policy. It is the argument that the United States contributes too much and our allies contribute too little and are somehow indebted to us. Marco Rubio eloquently refuted this claim. Contrary to popular belief, America cannot simply abdicate its leadership role with regard to foreign affairs. Since WWII, America has sat atop the global balance of power, and both America and the world have been better for it. Who better to be at the helm of world affairs than a benevolent nation, seeking not to control people, but rather to free them from the bonds of slavery, poverty, and oppression? Doing so benefits twofold, a point which is the main focus of this article.
After WWII, we forged new alliances and gained numerous strategic positions throughout the world. Together with our allies, we spearheaded a global effort to promote peace and democracy. We have been blessed with being the foremost successful and prosperous nation. And due to that disproportionate success, we are thus disproportionately obliged in terms of our commitment abroad.