The United States was founded on the principle of a non-interventionist foreign policy, one in which the federal government does not go abroad “in search of monsters to destroy.” That was the title of a speech delivered to Congress by John Quincy Adams on the Fourth of July, 1821, in which Adams summarized America’s founding foreign-policy principle of non-interventionism.
Adams observed that there are lots of monstrous conditions under which people around the world suffer — tyranny, oppression, war, revolution, starvation. It was not the role of the U.S. government, however, to go abroad and save people from such horrors.
Modern-day Republicans and Democrats have abandoned America’s founding foreign-policy principle of non-interventionism in favor of empire and foreign interventionism. Military bases in hundreds of countries around the world and all over the United States. Coups. Regime-change operations. Invasions. Endless wars of aggression and occupations. Torture. Rendition. Foreign aid to dictators. Sanctions and embargoes. The infliction of massive death, suffering, and destruction.