As¬† the rise of anti-Americanism across the globe shows no signs of¬† abating, especially among the Islamic world. America‚Äôs foreign¬† policy, diplomacy and general international relations continues to¬† suffer from the numerous aggressive stance it has taken in recent¬† years, most notably on its unilateral war on terror and its rejection¬† of the Kyoto Protocol.
There¬† has been a growing consensus that the underlying problem with the¬† United States foreign policy lies primarily with it's short-term¬† outlook, resulting in a lack of cohesive long-term strategy. Until¬† this is addressed and resolved, the short-term outlook remains very¬† much the same. A radical, yet consultative and bipartisan approach is¬† required here, and it will be interesting to hear the thoughts of the¬† candidates on the matter as the race starts to gather pace.
‚ÄĘ America should help those who ask but otherwise maintain diplomatic relations and a policy of non-interference.
‚ÄĘ Countries want our help they should have something to give in return other than vague promises of 'working toward democracy'.¬† They need us more than we need them; we should use our leverage to benefit everyone but especially ourselves.