As a sovereign nation with formidable military power, it is tempting to think that the United States can undertake humanitarian interventions alone. The idea is flawed, but understanding why some people still embrace it is crucial.
Recent passage of the BUILD Act, which aims to “facilitate market-based private sector development and inclusive economic growth in less developed countries,” presents an ideal opportunity to discuss the thorny issue of foreign aid.
Determining when and where to serve “the interest of humanity” is not a science. In a broken world, American policymakers must seek the counsel of the heart and the head, aim for the achievable, and choose the least-bad option.