Wednesday, May 17, 2006
George Washington Didn't Say That
Some of you who follow American History might have heard at one time or another that George Washington warned his countrymen of "entangling foreign alliances" in his farewell address given as he prepared to retire from his second presidential term. You may have heard that he issued a neo-isolationist concept about how the USA should treat its foreign policy ideas.
Here is a relevant section of Washington's farewell address:
"The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop."
Unfortunately, too many view Washington's warning of foreign entanglements incorrectly. Though it is a very common misconception, Washington was absolutely not saying we should never have anything to do with other nations or that we should forever steer clear of "foreign entanglements". Washington was not proposing an isolationist policy................................
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