Once in a While The World Needs a Policeman

Bill Bennett, former Secretary of Education under President Reagan, once said that “the world once in a while needs a policeman.” Today, with the resurgent nationalism under president Trump, many in the Conservative base do not want the U.S. to become involved in trying to fix some of the world’s most pressing issues abroad.

For them nationalism means taking care of business at home — the economy, immigration, jobs — and renouncing to any transnational involvement.

This anti-globalist and isolationist rejection of the U.S. as a global policeman has one major flaw: If the U.S. abdicates its historical, post-World War II role of maintaining a Pax Americana, the vacuum left by the exit of the U.S. from world affairs — in Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, the Pacific Rim, and the Middle East — will be filled by Russia and China.

To put it bluntly, they are using our well-meaning nationalist sentiments against us.

Already the Russian and Chinese footprint in Latin America is growing at an alarming rate.

Russia continues to defy us in our backyard, and both Russia and China continue to support the brutal and dictatorial regime of Nicolas Maduro.

Both nations, I remind American nationalists, are as nationalist as you can get. In fact, they have strengthened their positions on the world stage precisely because they have harnessed the forces of nationalism to project their power abroad and to do so at our expense.


Today we as a nation have a fateful choice to make. If we choose to contract our presence on the world stage because of nationalism, that nationalism will be severely weakened by these rival nations that are unleashing the energies harvested from their nationalism on the world.

In other words, Russia and China—and perhaps together through a new geopolitical alliance against the U.S. — are benefitting from our isolationist nationalism that is strongly discouraging president Trump from projecting American power in the Americas and throughout the world.

President Ronald Reagan sits March 23, 1983, in Washington, DC. Reagan showed photos of Cuban missile sites and called Russia “The Evil Empire” at a press conference. (Photo by Penelope Breese/Liaison)

To put it bluntly, they are using our well-meaning nationalist sentiments against us.

They have weaponized their nationalism, while we sit back lulled into a false sense of security thinking that our economic and military might make us impervious to the forces being arrayed against us by countries that do not mean us well, and who have global domination in mind.

So, the fundamental questions all nationalists in America must ask themselves: Are we willing to let Russia, or Russia and China, become the policemen of the world? Are we willing to risk by our reluctance to act decisively on the world stage to let these nations impose their own Pax Russica or Pax Sinica on the world? I am convinced the answer would be, hell no!

While I admit that one nation playing the lead while everyone else follows goes against the grain of international law and order, if given the choice of which nation would you want to lead on the world stage and maintain order—china, Russia, or the U.S.—I have no doubt that we in this country, and the majority of nations on this planet, would unhesitatingly choose the Pax Americana.

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