Davenport: U.S. Foreign Policy Should “Lean In” 6-12-15

My prescription for U.S. foreign policy comes from Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book about women:  it’s time for the U.S. to lean in. America has always had an isolationist tendency, and we have been leaning back since Iraq, Afghanistan and the great recession.  This has been the Obama Doctrine: “lead from behind.” Meanwhile the world has become a much more dangerous place.  Crises in Libya, Yemen, Gaza, Iraq and Syria.  Russian aggression, Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, cyber terror threats.  ISIS beheadings.

It’s time for America to lean in again.  As former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright put it, “If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation.” We must draw and hold a few red lines against Putin, ISIS and Iran. We must address the sequester—this is not a time to be cutting defense spending.  We must develop a strategy about Islamic fundamentalism and transnational terror. America:  it’s time to lean in.

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