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U.S. Foreign Policy

It has come to the attention of the council as of recent, that the citizens of the United States are concerned that they have not been sufficiently informed of where we stand as a government on foreign policy. As stated in the preamble to the Constitution of the United States, it is our duty to, “promote the general welfare”. It is therefore our responsibility as the government of the United States of America, at this moment in time open up to the general public, to inform every citizen of the United States, where we are headed with our nation’s foreign policy. We shall begin by addressing our policy on economic affairs, following which we will address our stance on the humanitarian issues facing the world today, finally we shall close by addressing how we plan to react to potential threats facing the world and what role we desire regional, and international organizations to play in the political arena.

On the topic of our Nation’s economic affairs; we as a country have always and will continue to be involved in free trade agreements around the globe. These free trade agreements include but are not limited to; the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the North American Free Trade Agreement. According to ustr.gov, we currently as a country have free trade agreements with the following countries; Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, and Singapore.

We have plans as a country to continue our free trade agreements with each of these 20 countries, and to expand these treaties, so as to promote greater global unity. Indeed, as stated by the 16th president of the United States, President Abraham Lincoln in his speech in Springfield, Illinois on June 16th, 1858, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. We continue to believe in that principle today. As such, we have decided that the best way to promote Global unity is for us to trade freely amongst all nations. As we expand our trade to other countries, we will continue our trade with those we already have treaties with and will encourage them to expand their trade as well.

Now to address our current stance on the humanitarian issues facing the world today. It is our belief as a government that as we expand our trade to other countries, our countries overall wealth and economy will increase, and so will the wealth and economy of other nations. As our economy strengthens, we will have a greater capability to provide humanitarian aid in the event of a natural disaster, both nationally as well as internationally. The expanding of our trade agreements to all nations of the world, coupled with the unifying of the nations, will enable each and every country to better respond to a natural disaster, or to any other humanitarian issue which they or we face. Nations will first take care of their own needs, after which whatever excess each country may have will be used to assist those other nations who are needing additional help. This expansion will be supported by the expansion of free trade amongst all nations of the world.

In closing, we wish to emphasize that which we cannot emphasize enough: terrorism will never be tolerated! The war on terrorism is one that has been going on for years now, one that the leaders of our country, coupled with the leaders of the United Nations have been discussing as of recent. We as a country have recently taken actions which have empowered our Military units to take the fight into their own hands. Instead of sitting back and waiting approval from the white house, as we have traditionally done, our troops now have the power to act immediately in response to any threat from any terrorist groups within the areas where they serve. These actions which we have taken, we have taken to better protect our countries safety, as well as the safety of those countries which have requested our assistance. The fight against terrorist attacks such as; ISIS and al-Qaeda will undoubtedly continue; however, with the help of these new orders, they will continue at a much slower rate, and indeed, these orders will provide for a faster response time on our behalf.

As of recent we have, “empowered Defense Secretary James Mattis, a recently retired four-star general, to set troop levels in Afghanistan”. We have also in places like Iraq and Syria, granted the Pentagon greater control and freedom to manage the number of troops in their areas as they may. On top of this, we have also given the CIA, “the authority to conduct drone strikes against suspected terrorists”, rather than having to wait for authorization from the military. All of these actions have been agreed upon in congress, and taken, “in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”.

Now, in terms of North Korea, and on this we will close. North Korea and their threats to various nations have been on everyone’s minds since they launched their thermonuclear bomb, which we also known as the hydrogen bomb, back on September 3rd, 2017. The nations around the world have been questioning how we as a country will react as well as how the other countries around the world who have received threats; such as China, Japan, and South Korea will react. Rest assured, we have been and will continue to work with the allies of the United Nations on this issue. As far as we are concerned, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un is but a microscopic threat to the greater super powers of the world. We can assure you that if North Korea launches any kind of attack on any part of the United States or any other country in the world, “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”.

As of right now, we have been and continue to remain at peace. The greatest concern is the safety of our citizens, and just below that is the safety of the citizens of those countries with whom we have allied. We indeed remain the bigger brother, and if called upon we will act. For now, however, we can all be assured that the intentions of our country and that of the other countries of the United Nations, are to remain in a state of peace, and rest assured, as long as North Korea does not act, that is where we will stand, and we can expect others to do the same.

References:

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/08/trump-warns-north-korea-threats-will-be-met-with-fire-and-fury.html, web, author Jacob Pramuk, Published Tuesday August 8th 2017 at 3:27pm, Accessed September 20th 2017 at 6:00pm

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/24/politics/trump-pentagon-shift-war-power-military/index.html, web, author Jeremy Diamond, CNN, Accessed September 18th 2017 at 3:17pm

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/preamble, published by Cornell Law School, United States Preamble to the Constitution, Accessed September 20th 2017 at 2:35pm

http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/house.htm, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler et al, Accessed September 19th 2017 at 9:00pm

https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements, Published by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, no publish date, Accessed September 17th 2017

http://abcnews.go.com/International/experts-break-north-korean-threat-amid-heightened-tensions/story?id=49949521, Author Meghan Keneally, Luis Martinez, Published September 20th 2017 at 11:36am, Accessed September 16th 2017

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