U.S. FOREIGN POLICY & DEFENSE
[Also read here why the "national interest" is a bogus idea]
Just as the very rich use the United States government to protect the wealth and privilege and power of the very rich inside the United States, they also use it to protect the wealth and privilege and power of the very rich in foreign countries. The main conflict in the world is between ordinary people with egalitarian values (regardless of their nationality or race or religion or ethnicity) and privileged ruling elites (regardless of their nationality or race or religion or ethnicity).
The American billionaire class's primary concern in it's foreign policy is to prevent ordinary people from taking over any part of the world, because if they did it anywhere it would inspire ordinary people to do it elsewhere. This is why the very rich use the United States government's military, economic and diplomatic power to support anti-democratic and oppressive regimes around the world. This is why the U.S. government supports ruling elites of foreign governments when they commit terrible crimes to control "their" people, such as Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians [click here to read why U.S. billionaires--Jews and non-Jews alike--support Israel for very rational (and evil) reasons of their own, and click here to read about what the Israeli ruling class is really doing ], Saudi Arabia's denial of equal rights to women and harsh exploitation of foreign workers and China's brutal repression of workers in its sweat shops and violent attacks on farmers protesting how the Communist Party oppresses them.
When the egalitarians in the United States (the great majority of people) are finally the ones deciding how the wealth and power of the United States will be used, then for sure it will stop being used to protect the wealth and power of a privileged few and start being used to support the efforts of ordinary people around the world to make the world equal and democratic. No longer will unjust wars based on lies be waged in our name, and no longer will ethnic cleansing of Palestinians be supported in our name.
Because of the facts spelled out above, the most important and effective thing that Americans can do to help oppressed people elsewhere in the world--including Palestinians oppressed by the Israeli government that has enormous U.S. economic and military support for its ethnic cleansing project--is to remove the American ruling plutocracy from power, which can only be done with an egalitarian revolution. To build this egalitarian revolutionary movement requires that we talk to people about ALL of the reasons we need such a revolution (including things like this), not just reasons related to U.S. foreign policy.
An egalitarian foreign policy would:
#1. Have a very strong self-defense force at home against any potential invasion by enemy military forces or missiles, etc. What this would require is open to discussion, but whatever it requires we should make sure to have it.
#2. Give as much support (ideological and material) as possible to the pro-egalitarian forces in nations ruled by anti-egalitarian regimes, so that egalitarian revolution spreads. Note that the stronger the egalitarian revolutionary movement is in a foreign nation, the more risky it is for that nation's anti-egalitarian government to attack us, because it would increase the risk of a revolution in that nation, just as the persistence of the Russian government in waging war during World War I led to the Russian Revolution in October of 1917. Our best ally in any nation is the egalitarian revolutionary movement there because egalitarians don't wage war against egalitarians.
#3. Never deliberately direct, or threaten to direct, violence against non-combatants. This means destroying our nuclear bombs unilaterally. It also means never invading other nations to direct violence against non-combatants as the U.S. did in Vietnam and Iraq.
Note: By very publicly destroying our nuclear bombs and never using violence against non-combatants and by supporting egalitarians everywhere in the world against oppressors we make it crystal clear to the egalitarian people in any nation whose government might consider attacking us with nuclear bombs that such an attack has no moral justification and is an act of pure evil. That government would know that it would sharply increase the risk of being overthrown by its own people if it attacked us with nuclear weapons. The likelihood it would use nuclear weapons against us in this case is very small, much smaller than the likelihood--if we were armed with nuclear weapons and it feared our launching a first nuclear strike--that it would retaliate against us with nuclear weapons if it thought (perhaps mistakenly, even, but such a mistake is quite possible) we had launched a nuclear first strike against it.
#4. Be economically as self-sufficient as possible, and trade (barter) with non-egalitarian societies on the basis of mutual agreement as long as this does not contradict #2 above.
In contrast, the American ruling class has escalated the Cold War with post-Soviet Russia, which could very well lead to a nuclear WWIII, as discussed here. This follows decades of Cold War against the Soviet Union during which the U.S. armed the Soviet Union big time, as documented and explained here: it was all for the purpose of maintaining class inequality.