The words “Abu Ghraib” have become synonymous with torture, a black eye for America that has damaged US national security.
Donald Trump’s policy of ripping children away from their parents at the border is a new black mark on America that could also undermine US national security.
America’s power comes from its values: freedom, the rule of law, respect for human rights. Whatever problems America may face at home, America’s democratic system enables itself to correct wrongs in the pursuit of a fair, just society. Whatever mistakes the United States makes in its foreign policy, America still endeavors to infuse its foreign policy with these values. When America does not live up to these values, it is less safe.This article was originally published in The Guardian.