“I go where I please,” said Commodore Stephen Decatur, in 1815, when challenged by the Islamic tyrant of that era.
Democrats like to accuse people proposing prudent foreign policy as being “isolationists.” This is a mere conclusory insult, meant to dodge serious thought and debate about the lawful and practical deployment of American power in the world. (No, foolish Democrats, “I go where I please,” does not mean that men get to use the women’s bathroom.)
For example, I view our defense of the world in multiple theaters as illegal under our law if not pursuant to a congressional declaration of war. And, I see such as practically impossible and financially ruinous. Such deployments often betray our armed forces, using them as expendable pawns. I point out at VirtualMilitia.com often, that we are at war in Afghanistan and Iraq for over a decade, with fitful results to show. We remain bound by the NATO treaty to engage in World War III on behalf of peoples who are lackluster about their own national defense — even mocking our right to keep and bear arms in our own defense, while they shun taking up arms themselves, in their own defense, with Russia poised a short combined-arms armored-infantry-air offensive away.
Instead of “isolationism,” I advocate for massive American power exercised in the world as necessary on behalf of Americans. The rest of the countries can look to themselves to defend their citizens and interests.
For example, I believe that the American military should deploy to protect American citizens who travel or do commerce about the world. Hijacking an American owned vessel, or kidnapping Americans on vacation should summon the crushing power of the USA, whether a .338 Lapua magnum bullet in the head, or a cruise missile on the parliament building, or an infantry division dropped from the sky. Whatever it takes, in sufficiently crushing force to do the job — almost with ease. Nations who aid the hijackers and kidnappers should be targets of a declaration of war. “Allies” who choose to be complicit in the attack on America get their own punishment. If Democrat readers here scoff at what I write, then read the story of Leon Klinghoffer for an example. American weakness after his hijacking at sea and murder, encouraged more of the Islamic terrorism we see today.
And, so, yes, the US Navy should already have wrought destruction on Iranian naval patrol vessels. “I go where I please,” is a great motto for the US Navy — now that we are back on track to make America great again.