Homeland Security

Defending America First

American national security is a fundamental responsibility of the U.S. government.  Throughout the history of the United States, from the founding of the republic to the 21st century, Americans have debated the best way to meet this responsibility.  For much of that history, the sound advice of President Washington to “steer clear of permanent alliances” and of President Jefferson to avoid “entangling alliances” guided the United States on a path of geopolitical independence that provided a solid foundation for her national security.  

In the course of the 20th century, U.S. involvement in global coalitions against common adversaries shifted that emphasis in ways that provoked a long-term debate between liberal internationalists and conservative “isolationists.”  During World War II and the Cold War, that debate was largely won by Wilsonian and Stimsonian internationalists whose approach to world affairs coopted many conservatives.  Nonetheless, principled conservatives remained committed to noninterventionism and advocated U.S. strategic independence.

After the Cold War, that debate was rekindled as a result of conservative opposition to the Clinton administration’s multilateralist U.S. commitment to armed humanitarian intervention on behalf of a globalist international community.  During the 2000 campaign, candidate George W. Bush appeared to be deeply...

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