I have something of a broad, philosophical foreign policy question I’d like to put on the floor to see what other people have to say about it. What should the attitude of the United States be to countries that explicitly identify themselves as belonging to a particular race or ethnicity?
It’s not uncommon. Many of the countries in the world do. For example, most of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa explicitly identify themselves as “part of the Arab nation” which I gather is the customary formulation. San Denista Nicaragua explicitly identified itself as a mestizo country. And so on.
I’m not entirely comfortable with such identities and I think that as a country we should be wary of being too cozy with countries that enjoy them. In this, however, as in many things I think that pragmatism should be our guide. Sometimes there are reasons of state to have close relations with countries of which we disapprove profoundly.
I see official languages a bit differently. Most countries have one or more official languages—we’re the oddball in not having one. It always surprises me a bit when Americans express surprise that you don’t need to be able to speak, read, or write English to become an American citizen.