What is the defination of a Country in Speakers Corner September 7, 2015 billvon>Other problems they may have with us can be settled through either the State >Department or the Defense Department. Well there ya go. And our problems with 'offending' countries can be settled the same way. If an oppressive country is generating refugees who are fleeing that oppression and entering into the US as refugees, then the State Dept. solution has already failed. That leaves the Defense Dept. solution (which, I assume you are advocating) ...or the Treasury Dept. solution. I think we should use embargo and trade sanctions before war when possible. Using your example, I don't think refugees are fleeing oppression in the US and traveling to Finland (or anywhere else). Maybe a few emigrants, or even emigres are traveling there, but not refugees. If Finland has a "country-to-country" issue with our foreign policy or with any acts by our country that does not directly involve their nation (to the point that they are refusing immigrants from the US), I'd think that that is a job for a competent diplomacy. That's what the State Dept. is for. An example in the opposite direction would be our looking beyond China's (or Iran's ...or even Saudi Arabia's) human rights violations to the point that we don't even bring those travesties up when negotiating our relationships with those countries.