After reading the article titled “The U.S. Role in the World: Four Futures”, I have been thinking a lot about which one of the four is most likely to happen in our current state. Here’s a quick overview: future one is describes the US trying to lead the world to democracy by applying our principles and values around the world; future two is to protect US interests globally, even if that means having to act alone; future three is a US that only cares about direct threats to the homeland; future four acknowledges that our fate is bound with the fate of other nations, therefore all decisions should be made together. None of these futures are perfect. We cannot force our values on other societies, as future one suggests. We cannot be selfish, either, like future two and three. Unfortunately, we also cannot make all decisions through the UN, as future four suggests, because frankly nothing will get done.
I don’t know what we should do, but I do have a guess about what we will do under our current leadership. The Trump campaign made a big deal about focusing on our own problems, and I think that we are headed for future three. He’s already begun isolating us, with the immigration ban. He is also trying to get rid of terrorist threats, although he is doing that outside of the country. However, getting rid of terrorist threats internationally is necessary for future two so he can start protecting the homeland. More so, if Trump cares about improving our economy, by all means I hope he does, however I also hope he realizes that economies are interdependent. Obviously, everyone can see the problems with Trump’s plan. We are important to the international scene, and other nations are important to us. We cannot afford to break ties.