First, the Senate is tasked with matters relating to other nations. The House is only engaged in terms of funding the gov't, including international efforts. As I sit in the House, I have little direct input on diplomacy.
Second, my position towards other nations is informed by
" … peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none."
— Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address
The US will only engage if all parties to the conflict agree to have the US be the arbitrator. If one party objects, the US cannot be part of the diplomatic discussion.
When the international community identifies an aggressor by a two-thirds (or more) consensus, the US will press that aggressor nation for a cessation of hostilities. And this provocateur will be expected to make the accommodations.
Diplomacy ≠ Military EngagementIt is essential to have open and active diplomacy with ALL nations. On a case-by-case basis, I would vote to fund reasonable efforts to contact and diplomatically engage with every nation. Every nation should have the ability to have friendship with the United States.
Foreign aid is NOT diplomacy. It is nudge and not so subtle suggestion. I will NOT fund any foreign aid.
NO War!War is the most base and depraved action of mankind. Society must make even the discussion of war repugnant. War MUST be avoided. Furthermore, aggressors must be held accountable.
War and military engagement are most certainly NOT diplomacy. No one can diplomatically engage in the face of physical harm. The distinction between diplomacy and aggression is YUGE. Yet, many swamp monsters do NOT understand this enormous difference.
I wish swamp monsters would explain their bent for war to the US public.
I will NOT fund any war, military engagement, "peace" keeping action, or other insertion into the affairs of another sovereign nation. Military engagements on foreign soil are NOT National Defense.
NO war for Speaker Pelosi over Taiwan (Aug '22).
Our role is to make Republicanism attractive to people around the globe. And then partner with nations that approach us to guide them to republic. If we coerce other nations to emulate our governance … it will most certainly fail.
The time of imperialism, colonialism, and superpowers is over. The US must never again engage in unilateral "nation building". And NO more regime-change war!
Again, I defer to the Senate on the specifics of foreign affairs. However, as a member of the House, I will always vote to fund the advance of diplomacy. I will NOT vote to fund any foreign intervention.
We share the globe and must cooperate with the other regional hegemons. including:
Likewise, other nations have their national sovereignty that is NOT subject to the UN.
The UN is merely an international forum for diplomacy.
The preferred method for foreign relations should be unilateral agreements between the nations that have engaged in friendship. To assist participating nations, the UN offers safe contact with other nations.
The agreement, by 12 nations, was to provide a defense of Europe from outside forces – the USSR (Russia). The Warsaw Pact then formed to do the same for the USSR. A strained "peace" was established. Since then, NATO has actively recruited; today there are 30 nations in NATO. Many of them are former Warsaw Pact nations. The most notable recruitment is Poland. It joined NATO in 1999.
Today's recruitment effort is Ukraine … If so, who has disrupted the peace? If NOT, how has the peace been disrupted?
As European nations have recovered from WWII, it is time for them to fully shoulder the burden for their own defense. It is time that the United States recede and become an interested party – to no longer finance the alliance, nor direct European efforts.
I do look forward to active diplomacy with the nations of Europe … and the world.
IMO a recent (Aug '22) rogue House Speaker violated traditions of proper interactions with foreign nations. She was exceedingly foolish to impulsively poke the bear or dragon – especially when it may negatively affect 332,000,000 citizens and residents. Is this a violation of the Logan Act?
Ukraine is NOT a member of NATO. We have no obligation to Ukraine.
Because of this conflict, it may be the right time to reassess the United States' commitment to NATO, including funding and the Article 5 pledge.
The United States has been in an undeclared war with Russia since sending weapons (May 2022) and providing intelligence to Ukraine. the United States is an active combatant. This war is (at a minimum) unconstitutional without Congress' declaration of war. Each day the war is prolonged Congress assumes responsibility for the additional deaths of Ukrainian citizens and Russian soldiers.
The federal gov't should have volunteered to negotiate a peace months ago.
I will a) demand an appeal for peace and b) ask to stop weapon shipments and foreign aid to Ukraine. Congress and President Biden have blood on their hands.
Concerned nations of the world should bring their insight to the United Nations. When the aggressor of this conflict is affirmed by global consensus (at least two-thirds), the United States can be approached to become peace negotiators.