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Issue: Foreign Relations
Principles supporting position:
Freedom and Free enterprise
Protect the vulnerable
Basis for federal government role in the issue:
Constitution: Art. II, Sec. 2: “President...shall have Power, by and with Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties … appoint Ambassadors …”; Art. I, Sec. 8: “Congress shall have Power...To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations…”.
Principle Based Position
Engage actively with other nations (including China) to build alliances that promote peace and the interests of the United States
Facilitate and protect open markets
Uphold the rule of law
Protect human rights
Promote international trade
Use diplomacy and power to reach agreements with other nations to preserve the Earth
Not totally unlike the heart-rending dilemma and moral morass America confronted in deciding whether to invade Japan or drop atomic bombs in 1945, the United States today faces a tough quandary in Ukraine.