Americans: The World Is Not Ours

If you’re in the military, I appreciate your service.  But please, with all sincerity, don’t confuse a willingness to die for political posturing with a willingness to die for your country.  If I’m ever under attack, I will truly be in debt to you for protecting me.  But, since December 7, 1941, our soil has never been under attack by an opposing military force.  Therefore, while I appreciate your best intentions, I do not wish you to fight, to bleed, or to die in any military conflict, especially under the guise that you’re doing it for me.

You need to understand, with absolute clarity, that you are not dying for Americans, or for America itself.  The animosity toward the United States from around the world is due in large part to our neverending occupation of territories abroad, mostly without a legitimate reason to be there.  Some Americans sometimes like to think of the world as “ours” but it isn’t.  And it isn’t our responsibility to protect or govern it, save for our own sovereign soil.

Terrorism is an unfortunate enemy of our way of life, but we shouldn’t afford terrorists the same respect we offer our sovereign enemies; rather, we should attack them like assassins in the shadows, just like we did to get Bin Laden.  We didn’t need two entire wars for us to send a small team in to get him.

In the future, if a nation attacks us at home, we should maul them into oblivion, as a nation.  If terrorist individuals acting alone or in collaboration with like-minded terrorists attack our civilians, we should maul them – and anyone offering them asylum afterward – into oblivion, as assassins.

I think we should bring our military home and find projects to put our soldiers to work, out of harm’s way.  Educate them, train them, and keep them on the ready, but with safety and comfort until such time that we have no choice but to fight.

If you believe Americans should have free health care, you should be able to acknowledge that the costs should be covered from a re-allocation of the enormous defense budget wasted on operations abroad, and not borrowed from China.

Of course this opinion is going to be met with critics claiming that it’s too simplistic a view, and that foreign policy is more complicated than this, and that is true.  It is complicated, but before we can discuss the details of a general direction, we need a main idea – a rough sketch.  This is my rough sketch.

If you disagree, I will respect your argument, providing you make your point intelligently and respectfully.  Otherwise, I will just remove your comments.

-J

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~ by hamiltonjacobs on November 6, 2012.

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