Today, most Latin American countries are regressing to standards of living of earlier decades. To varying degrees their economies are being deliberately sabotaged by terrorists, obviously well supported by the Marxist international movement and aimed ultimately at the United States.
It has been erroneous thinking about Marxism-Leninism and its regime that has accounted for all policy mistakes toward Soviet Russia, beginning with those other Russian revolutionary parties who decided they could trust the Communists as partners in a common cause, only to dig their own grave.
The case for free trade is rooted in a basic economic law: the principle of comparative advantage, which holds that total economic welfare will be enhanced if each nation specializes in the production of items that it can produce, in relative terms, most efficiently.
What is taking place in Nicaragua is not the outcome of misguided U.S. policies, regardless of how wise or unwise these policies might actually be. It is the outcome of a philosophy, of a worldview, which divinizes power.
As one looks at the strategic issues facing the United States, whether they be in Central America or elsewhere in the world, the framework provided by the Principles of War provides a constructive and useful set of questions with which to formulate a response.
It must be the prime objective of all of us to do all we can, as individuals and jointly, to see that we never have a world war in the nuclear age.
What is missing from the Reagan foreign policy, it seems to me, is that first, primary, stark clarity of intention.
In my view, the renewal of American self-respect, pride and confidence is the most important development in the world today.
The Soviets are traditionally wary of envoys who speak their language, who are well versed in Soviet objectives and strategy and who are not easily duped.
In the last two years the United States has not only lost influence and allies, it has rapidly lost its ability to shape the direction in which the world is moving.