United States, World

Isolationist versus Interventionist

Imagine seeing on the news that a nuclear war has erupted between North Korea and America, would you feel the need to America win the war? With many juniors and seniors reaching the legal age to serve in the military, they have to sign up for the draft. That means that if our country needs help during a time of war, they can reinstate the draft and call upon students that are 18 and older. But America would not have to reinstate the draft if they had a different foreign policy, wars that America participated in would not have caused the same amount of casualties. In short, the United States should have had a non-interventionist foreign policy during the middle 1900’s and early 2000’s, an isolationist policy would have saved millions of lives and billions of dollars.

America’s foreign policy after WW1 and during the great depression was isolationism.America did not join the League of Nations even though it was made around president at the time Woodrow Wilson’s 14 points. The U.S. did not want to be dragged into another war after being dragged in the first World War. With this isolation the U.S. also did not allow many immigrants in (many Jewish), and  also restricting trade to other foreign countries. The U.S. later had a president with the name of Warren G. Harding which was against the Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations. The U.S. was following what George Washington wanted for the country after they won the Revolutionary War.

World War II could have been avoided if the United States intervened in the affairs of Germany and Great Britain, but this would’ve called for an interventionist policy. Before WW2 Germany was starting to push the boundaries. They did this by regaining some of the land they had lost after WW1. After this England said no more and threatened war if Germany invaded any more countries. If the United States has intervened on this and threatened to use force, Germany might not have been able to gain the power, forces, and land they and land they had gained before America was pulled into WW2 by Japan.

With what seems to be an inevitable war with North Korea coming soon, it might be good to talk about the other wars the U.S. has been involved in, the foreign policy could have stopped us from going to or intervening in almost 20 wars after World War II. The US adopted a sort of police-like policy, they went around trying to stop the spread of communism after World War II, they went into Korea, Vietnam, and into many civil wars attempting to stop the communists from taking control. America fought for freedom and democracy but didn’t always succeed. If the US had adopted an isolationist policy, we would not have intervened in many of these wars since most were not a direct threat to home base, with the exception of the invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11.

The United States could have avoided entanglement in many wars after World War I and World War II. A foreign policy that focuses on staying out of other countries’ affairs and makes us focus on ours would have significantly decreased the amount of casualties in the many wars America has fought in. If the U.S. changed their foreign policy would the draft be reinstated? Should America vote to have the draft completely thrown away or should we vote to keep it? The future relies on the new voters, us. We encourage you to write a letter to our President Trump stating your opinion on America’s foreign policy.

Article by Aiden Burrell & Video by Nick Synder

Works Cited:

“Articles MAIR.” Isolationism and U.S. Foreign Policy After World War 1 | Graduate Degrees Norwich, graduate.norwich.edu/resources-mair/articles-mair/isolationism-and-u-s-foreign-policy-after-world-war-1/.


guest0e466c Follow. “The Usa After Ww1.” LinkedIn SlideShare, 23 Apr. 2008, www.slideshare.net/guest0e466c/the-usa-after-ww1.


One Comment

  1. Many interesting points are provided in this article, one of them being the possibility of being able to avoid millions of casualties during World War I and World War II if the U.S. had adopted a non-interventionist or even isolationist foreign policy. It is imperative to realize that the U.S. could never adopt solely one policy in regards to foreign affairs. Most decisions the U.S. has made involved weighing the benefits and downsides for America. Yes, if America did not get involved in WWI or WWII, there may have been fewer casualties, but WWI helped the United States achieve its status as a formidable world power while WWII helped diminish the influence of communist dictatorships. Therefore, in regards to North Korea, the U.S. should weigh all the pros and cons, and decide whether or not provoking further action from North Korea is worth the potential danger.