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Mike Colera

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Should America withdraw as the world "police / peace keepers"?

In 1945, America came out of the war one of the strongest of all of the major participants.
It began to assume the role of a world police/peace keeper promoting it's ideals and political sentiments in an effort to end future conflicts. Of course, there were other competing forces in the world with differing ideas on the world thus creating new conflicts.
70 years later, America spends amounts on it's military that is more then most countries economies. Money that could probably be better spent.
America has based military units per a number of treaties in countries around the world providing host countries with a sense of security and a lower defense budget.

Is it necessary for America to continue this process?

What would be the effect on current world conflicts if America withdraws it's foreign based forces?

Should America honor it's existing treaties or create new accommodations to meet current world political views?

Would America be or feel more secure if it withdraws?

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  • Mar 18 2013: Not to be curmudgeon to you, but it depends. There have been places where we should have helped but didn't. An example was the Hutus and Tutsi problem in Rawanda. As usual the heroes were the French foreign legion who apparently had tears in their eyes because they were so late. Before we Americans beat our drums too load, we should remember that there is usually oil where we go. Sad sort of really as the rest of the World tends to notice that fact. Godspeed.
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      Mar 19 2013: Curmudgeon is a title you earn, based on years of making life mistakes and failing to correct them.
      It tends to make one a touch bitter and critical. But, that's me.
      America seems to be criticized that it only goes where the oil is. I am not sure that is totally true.
      But, do we follow the oil for ourselves or for others. Consider this. The US has done much to "protect" the oil from the middle east. Yet, only a minor amount of that oil is marketed in the US. Most is sent to Europe. Could it be that the US was taking this extraordinary action of war to insure the continuation of our biggest trading partnership. It would still be self interest based, but not totally selfish.
      • Mar 20 2013: Mike I only noted that that is a criticism that is out there.

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