BY: Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

Today our nation faces numerous threats and trials around the globe – the dangers of ISIS in the Middle East, a potentially nuclear-armed Iran, an unstable Russia, an aggressive China, just to name a few. Our foreign policy must rise up to meet these challenges.

History teaches us that we must be aggressive in our approach to foreign affairs, particularly in our ever-dangerous world. But an aggressive foreign policy does not equal internationalism or nation building crusades, like George W. Bush’s ill-fated promotion of democracy around the globe or Woodrow Wilson’s “war to end all wars.”

Although we did have a more isolationist foreign policy in times past, the world has become a very dangerous place, so we need to be more active in certain areas and be able to deal with serious national security threats as they arise.

What we can’t afford is moderation, a plague that has crippled our foreign policy in the past and caused more problems than it solved.

History is full of examples but I will examine three of the biggest.

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