At the GOP convention neither presidential candidate Mitt Romney nor vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan mentioned war in their respective speeches. According to an article on Yahoo News, this is the first time since 1952 that the Republican’s presidential candidate has not felt the need to mention war in his speech. http://news.yahoo.com/first-since-52-no-talk-war-gop-speech-174428737–election.html. To most this is likely viewed as a good thing. Many believe that it is about time that the United States focuses on its own domestic issues and attempts to fix the numerous problems faced on the home front.
Despite little talk of war in the presidential election and the concern many have with issues such as unemployment and health care, the current situation in Syria as well as other international issues still need to be discussed. Before I vote, I want to know where both candidates stand on the issue of involvement in the Syrian conflict as well as each candidate’s stance on foreign policy generally. If one gets too wrapped up in what each candidate will do domestically, one may neglect to vote for the candidate that has a stance on international policy compatible with their own. International policy has a large impact on domestic policy, and informed voters need to be concerned with each candidate’s views.
Hopefully the United States will have the time to fix many of its domestic problems before it must again engage in any sort of international conflict. While war should try to be avoided, its occurrence sooner or later is largely inevitable. It is precisely because of this inevitably that each candidate much let their stance on foreign policy be known. Surely no one thought the September 11th terrorist attacks would occur shortly after President George W. Bush was elected. The fact is that the attacks did happen and Bush’s views on foreign policy immediately began to have a huge impact on his presidency. While foreign policy may not be the talk of this election, make certain that you know your candidates stance on foreign policy before casting a vote. One never knows what the next day may bring.
How do you think the candidates should approach the issue of foreign policy, especially policies related to international conflict? Should the United States attempt to become involved in Syria or stay out of international affairs as much as possible? Is an interventionist or isolationist stance more appropriate for the United States at this time?