The American Foreign Policy
The American foreign policy is concerned with the manner in which the US interacts with other nations of the world. It also refers to the standards of interaction of American organizations, corporations and citizens with the world. Some of the most significant goals of the American foreign policy include preserving the national security of the US, promoting world peace, maintenance of a balance of power among nations of the world, promoting cooperative trade and safeguarding human rights. Every presidential debate focuses to a large extent on the foreign policy of each candidate. It is usually the opinion of many that the foreign policy is the determining factor for a candidate’s election into office as the President of the United States. This paper explicates the foreign policy of the 2016 presidential hopeful Jeb Bush analyzing its benefit to U.S. firms, reasons for its feasibility, and implications for U.S. firms in the short-run and long-run. The paper also offers recommendations for the infeasible elements in Bush’s foreign policy.
Jeb Bush’s foreign policy covers a number of key issues affecting the US’s relationship with the world as highlighted in the next few sentences. Firstly, Bush touches on warfare issues starting with Iran’s nuclear problem. According to him sanctions should be imposed on Iran in the event talks with the nation fail (Leary, 2015). Secondly, on the issue of Middle East nations, Bush’s stand is there should be no negotiations with the Islamic states and he suggests that firmer decisions and action be taken with regards to the war against terrorism. Thirdly, on the issue of Cuba, Mr. Bush advocates for its freedom and promotion of democracy in the nation. Another significant issue highlighted in his foreign policy is trade (Rappeport, 2015). Mr. Bush advocates for increased free trade agreements between America and other nations as this would boost trade and hence the American economy. Other important issues Mr. Bush’s foreign policy discusses are democracy and American exceptionalism (Leary, 2015). According to Bush elections do not equal democracy. On the issue of American exceptionalism, Bush praises his nation and calls it the greatest nation on earth and thus there is need to exploit this platform to promote goodwill in other nations.
US firms will to a certain extent benefit from Jeb Bush’s foreign policy. This is because of Bush’s support of free trade agreements between the US and other strategic nations of the world. For instance, Bush supports the trade agreement with Asian Pacific countries (Leary, 2015). The agreement termed the Trans Pacific Partnership is meant to open up trade between America and the Pacific nations. Thus US firms will be able to experience free trade flow and build stronger ties with these nations, enhance the competiveness of American firms through enhanced international trade and increase their productivity.
Bush’s policies are feasible and reasonable. For instance, by giving the issue of Islamic States more emphasis compared to the other issues in his foreign policy Bush aims to dissolve the problem of war between the US and the rest of the world (Rappeport, 2015). This is because this will also involve sympathizers of these nations and will paint the US in a negative light with the rest of the world. Secondly, having to send American troops into these nations will also affect the domestic policy as many American families worry about their love ones who will be sent into these wars. None the less, it is significant that peace be established using whatever means necessary as this is the only way that other foreign policies can be successfully realized thus making Jeb Bush’s foreign policy to be quite reasonable and feasible. Despite this, it is imperative to admit that there is still a lot of room for improvement so as to enhance the feasibility and thus effectiveness of Bush’s foreign policy.
There are number of implications of Bush’s foreign policies for U.S firms. Firstly, in the short run the implications include loss of ability to participate in international trade in certain regions of the world. This is because of the negative impact of the warfare that the policy will wage with some of the Islamic nations of the world (Leary, 2015). This will inhibit US firms from participating in foreign trade with these countries and their sympathizers who will label the US as their enemy. However, in the long run the implications of Bush’s foreign policy will be increased international trade despite the warfare with the Islamic nations. This is due to the objective of the war with these nations being achieved. The objective in this case is peace which is an excellent recipe for trade and other economic development which will benefit US firms in the long run.
Following the review of the above policy it emerges that there are some areas that are pose as drawbacks and some aspects that are infeasible. Thus the following recommendations can be taken to ensure the success of the policy. Firstly, on the issue of Syria Bush proposal of establishing multiple safe zones may not be as successful as he is contemplating. This is because of the great amount of air power that will be required to make this a success which makes the policy infeasible. It is therefore recommended that he sticks with free zones instead as it will require fewer troops to enforce compared to safe zones. Secondly, it is recommended that Bush’s foreign policy becomes a bit more diverse in nature. This is because Bush’s focus on the Islamic states acts a drawback that prevents other equally important issues from being addressed in his foreign policy.
In conclusion, Jeb Bush’s foreign policy has highlighted key areas of interest of the US interaction with other nations of the world. However, the policy lacks diversity as it has placed too much focus on the US relationship with Islamic States. None the less, there is nothing wrong with this move by Bush as peaceful co-existence with these nations plays a very large role in the U.S overall well being and success. Bush’s foreign policy will have positive implications for US firms especially in the long run as it promotes foreign trade agreements. It is significant that Bush pays attention to the various recommendations being brought forth on how best to increase the feasibility and reduce the drawbacks to his foreign policy.