How many here think we should have an adversarial relationship with Russia? How many here think we should have gotten involved in Iraq and Afghanistan? How many believe after over 60 years we still should have thousands of troops on the 38th in Korea? How many here think we should have American troops garrisoned in over 130 foreign nations? How many here think we should have spent 5 BILLION DOLLARS to foment the coup in Ukraine and replace the pro Russian government with a pro western anti Russian one?
The United States spends 5 times as much on our military as the next largest nations military expenditures, does that make sense to you?
I love our Navy but do we really need to have 12 Nuclear powered Air Craft Carriers to protect the USA at home?
Remember President Eisenhower's farewell address, and his warning about the Military Industrial complex? the original speech called that group "The Congressional Military Industrial complex" for a good reason.
IF our nation is to survive we must change our ways in several ways, and the first is to stop spending money we do not have [ cut government spending ] the second is to return to a foreign policy that is like the one we had before WWI, avoid entanglement in foreign wars and mind our own business is a good start.
The last is a sound money policy where the banks can not manipulate the currency for their profits at our expense [ perhaps a return to a gold backed currency?
Who is the moron that wrote this piece???????
He must reside in Cloud KOO-KOO land!
You are clueless !
Why do we waste our resources when we could be using them better here at home !
Want a list !
1,Stop the invasion on our southern border and deport every illegal !
2, Stop giving foreign aid by the billions to our enemies!
3, quit sending our men to fight losing battles for worthless sand in the M.E.
4, use our armed forces to protect our national interests and not the interests of international Corporations.
@James C. Watson,
Perhaps if you had written the article in this format, people would not be questioning what your point was.
You might have a great idea in your head but if you don't communicate it in an effective manner, it gets lost in the translation.
I don't think there are many on this site that want to waste our resources in the areas you are concerned about. But we do want a strong defense, esp. now with the world going nuts and Europe being invaded and Obama opening the gates to let the invader/terrorist into the US.
Russia and China are sensing Obama's weakness and as wolves waiting to pick off the weak they are getting ready to pounce. If the flyovers and ships in our waters have not been enough to convince you, then I really don't know what to tell you.
I was married to a Navy man, had my daughter in a Naval hospital in San Diego, a Navy town in the mid 60's smack in the middle of the Vietnam war. I didn't want to see my friends go to Vietnam, never to return then and I do not want our young men and women to go to war now. But I do want to know that our country is safe and that Americans can travel freely when they are out of the country, and you need a strong military to do that.
I have seen a pattern where you ask a question/s but it does not appear that you want an answer, just an opportunity to present your opinion. If that is what you want to do, then just state your thoughts and do not ask questions.
We are all very weary from what we have seen take place in this country in a relatively short period of time. I don't think anyone here wants to play games where we have to guess what someone is trying to say. Look at your article, then look at your responses. I think it would have been better to just express yourself in the latter manner than the former.
My thoughts may come out a bit jumbled but I believe that the United States is the powerful nation on earth because of our freedom and beliefs and our FAITH in God.
I do not believe we must have troops in the diverse places [like in Korea] to defend the USA, and that they are there to keep the Military industrial complex making profits.
We will prosper and win based on the fact that our political system "WAS" the best ever devised by men and freedom and liberty have a power that no other system had. We need to return to that freedom and liberty or all is lost.
How can we return to freedom and liberty with a giant Federal Government bleeding the economy to death? WE CAN NOT ~! WE MUST REDUCE THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT... and that includes the Military budget.
Does anyone really expect that any nation or group would try and invade or subdue the USA when 100 million citizens are the militia and like the Japanese Admiral said after he attacked Pearl ? we can not invade America there would be a gun behind every blade of grass.
The problem is stealth invasion [like we have going on now from the southern border.]
You all need to study your enemies ! [our enemies]
They will never defeat us with Tanks and planes and ships at sea!
They will force us to become them, and we will destroy our own freedom like we are doing now.
So all you war hawk Neo-Cons wake up...
James, I'm going to challenge your assertions. 2nd paragraph of your diatribe.- our troops are on the Korean peninsula to protect the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC). Excuse, me it wasn't MIC that invaded South Korea; it was the Communist forces of North Korea. As a retired member of the defense contractor community, I take exception to your views regarding MIC. If you want the latest E/F-18 flying off the decks of your beloved carriers, there is a price. If you want superior defense, contract that to a member of MIC. We get the job done.
The time of massed warfare is all but over ! We have over 1600 Deliverable nuclear weapons in silos in the mid-west and on Nuclear Subs.
We do not have to fear [IMHO] an attack from Russia or China but we do have to fear allowing Refugees from hostile nations to come here as sleeper agents of terror.
The situation has changed and we need to adapt to the changing situation and risks involved with that change.
To make my point think about how warfare has changed over the years.
From lines of men with muskets firing at each other until one broke and withdrew.
To Trench warfare in WWI and armored war in WWII and on the Gorilla war in Vietnam .
Today we face another kind of threat ! the most dangerous of all!
That is stealth invasion and being attacked from loan terrorist who by their actions force us to limit our own freedom until we look like the USSR did in the 1950's [your papers please]
We will destroy our own freedom from within if we do not wake up !
The anti gun crusade is but a small part of that !
Look at the banking system and how they monitor your transactions and the NSA listen to your phone calls?
Think about that !
Authoritarian Governance eventually destroys freedom and liberty for all.
Just because you ox is not the one being gored today does not mean it won't be tomorrow.
"EVERYBODY ON THE BUS !!!!!!!! " We MUST get back to the FUNNY FARM and e-mail those "WAR HAWK, NEO-CONS about our masterful plans for Peace !!!!!
in theran iran
LET"S PUBLISH THIER NAMES ON FACE BOOK AND EVERY NEWSPAPER FRONT PAGE IN AMERICA, SO WHEN THE SHITE STARTS FLYING, WE KNOW WHO TO LOOK UP !!!!!!!!
The irony of this article is that the military budget has been cut, our defense systems removed from various strategic locations in Europe, the US west coast and elsewhere, our top commanders in the military have been replaced by the rainbow coalition and Muslims and as a result:
THE ENTIRE WORLD IS AT GREATER RISK THAN EVER BEFORE!
So what is your point?