Top Ten Presidents with the Worst Foreign PoliciesAlpha101
The Top Ten
Invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, opened Guantanamo Bay and tortured convicts that never had a trial, and expanded the power of the president by an extremely large margin. - Alpha101
Only he and Obama are the only ones deserving to be on this list, regarding all items present. Nixon wasn't even that bad foreign policy wise.
Edit: LBJ deserves a spot here too. - Therandom
He lied about wanting to end the Vietnam war in order to gain votes. He actually expanded it, and didn't pursue efforts to end it until it was clear that victory would be impossible without expanding U.S. forces even further, which would've been politically impossible. He also committed treason when he interfered in the initial peace talks during the Johnson administration in order to have a better chance of being elected. - Alpha101
He expanded the Vietnam war passed what Kennedy had ordered. While domestically he was a fantastic president, his foreign policies were his undoing. - Alpha101
"Domestically he was a fantastic president? " Clueless. The "Great Society," which continues to this day, has been an absolute disaster. Massive growth of the welfare state with huge deficit spending and insurmountable debt in attempt to support such naked socialism. Exponential growth in the federal bureaucracy with its inevitable assault on liberty. The destruction of the black nuclear family. Rampant inner-city poverty and crime. The reverse discrimination of Affirmative Action. The list goes on and on. Some 15 trillion in welfare spending later, everything that was supposed to be fixed is, predictably, exponentially worse.
He supported violent dictatorships in Latin America, funded the contras, funded extremist groups in Afghanistan, etc. - Alpha101
He invaded Iraq, which began an unfortunate family tradition. He also aided the Reagan administration in supporting dictatorships in Latin America, many of which committed genocide against its own citizens. - Alpha101
He will Attack North Korea Iran and Venezuela
While he hasn't been in office for a year yet, he's already piled up a disastrous reputation. He got the U.S. further involved in Syria after claiming the U.S. shouldn't be involved, he stepped up drone strikes which kill innocent civilians, he's supplied more aid to Saudi Arabia, and the lost, sadly, goes on. - Alpha101
Worst foreign policies I've ever seen. Proof: Iran Deal, Cuba policy, Paris Climate Change Deal, TPP, policy on illegals, approach to terrorism, etc. - Therandom
He continued Bush's policies of unnecessary American intervention in the Middle East, which has killed thousands of innocent civilians. He also had U.S. civilians overseas assassinated without a trial because of a possible, but not definite, link to terrorism. - Alpha101
Polk desperately wanted to expand the country's boarders, by force if necessary. Therefore, he agitated Mexico until the country attacked, and Polk threw his hands up and declared that the U.S. would invade Mexico in the name of self defense. - Alpha101
Why is Polk on this list? Brilliant foreign policy. - Therandom
Again, no. Roosevelt was a socialist nationalist; or, if you prefer, a national socialist. He believed that financial success was acceptable "only if a man applied it to the welfare of his brothers." He also promised to end private investment in stocks, and would have sought to limit such investments to only the government, using, of course, taxpayer money. He never became the socialist dictator his cousin Franklin nearly did, in part because he couldn't actually win a presidential election. One of the most un-American losers ever to occupy the Oval Office.
Like LBJ, he had a masterful domestic policy, but Teddy was a warmonger. He once wrote, "I should welcome almost any war, for I think this country needs one." Nothing spells patriotism and love for one's country than going to war over trivial things in order to boost soldiers' morale. Night at the Museum will never be the same again. - Alpha101
My teacher hates socialists it seems, but loves Teddy. what? - EliHbk
Again, your knowledge is lacking. Communism is not "a form of anarchy." Anarchists are simply useful idiots, used to set the stage for communist revolution, and routinely eliminated afterword. EVERY communist regime - Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, East Germany, Fidel, the North Korean "Kim" dynasty, et al - has been a brutal dictatorship of either one or a handful. Hitler was a fascistic Marxist nationalist. As to Cuba: Are you not familiar with the Monroe Doctrine? It was long ago expanded to address the threat of communism in America's geopolitical neighborhood. It's sane policy.
He invaded Cuba, and suddenly got angry when the country began to build a nuclear stockpile in order to deter another invasion. If the Kennedy administration would have recognized Cuba's sovereignty, and not have authorized the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban missile crisis would have probably never have happened. - Alpha101
Kennedy's policy toward Cuba was anti-communist, as it should have been. The botched Bay of Pigs invasion was an attempt first to overthrow the Castro regime to stop communist expansion in the hemisphere, and next to free the Cuban people from the murderous communist regime they've now suffered nearly sixty years. The Cuban Missle Crisis was the inevitable response to Nikita Khrushchev placing offensive nuclear missiles 90 from the U.S., thinking he was calling Kennedy's bluff. But it was Khrushchev that blinked. Your grasp of history leaves much to be desired.
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2. Richard Nixon
3. Lyndon B. Johnson