posted on Sep, 25 2009 @ 08:06 PM
When it comes to foreign policy I agree with some of my fellow conservative ATSers. While I believe in the war in Afghanistan, disagreeing with the
"truther" theory and reasoning, I do agree on the fact that the United states has allowed herself to have her hands deep in the global pocket. We
have military basis in Japan, Southeast asia, Britain, Germany and I think South america as I am to believe. We also have many troops based in places
of the world other than Iraq and Afghanistan. We have also allowed ourselves to become dragged down due to our alliances with Israel and in addition
to that our relationship with Saudi Arabia has only shown that the reasoning is merely based on resources. I believe that it is time america withdraw
her global military involvement, cut the military budget and focus instead on the defense of our own nation.
I believe in the peace keeping in some nations in cooperation with the UN but in very small doses as a sign of out committment to peace and justice
but at the same time we cannot take the role of policing the world, it is not our duty neither do we possess that ability any longer.
You want to talk about government spending? Lets also look towards our overgrown military. We spend nearly half the worlds expenditure on
"supposedly" defending our nation when other powers like Russia and China spend a fraction. Who are we trying to prove here? We added an
additional $1 trillion to our military expenditure during the entire Bush administration, that is most than during the cold war and that is
excluding the Iraq war costs. Alot of money is going to foreign issues. If people want to start pointing fingures, look towards the costs of
the military that has assisted in increasing our debt. I believe in a strong defense, but that isnt an excuse to continue feeding and growing the
military industrial complex. You want to talk about an overgrown federal government that has increased over the years? How about an overgrown
military that has also increased its power? How about the reasoning that has gotten our nation bogged down in other matters around the world, foreign
matters that is costing that tax payer in addition.
So, hypothetically if we were to withdraw our troops globally , and possibly in time afghanistan as well as Iraq, and that includes ending our
favouritism and military aid to Israel in favour for a middle east focused policy, would you be willing to sacrifice this countries foreign
influence? Would you be willing to sacrifice millions of oil in special military agreements held with Saudi Arabia and Iraq? Would you be willing to
sacrifice these for the sake of bringing down debt and getting back to full focus matters on the domestic front? I am prepared.
[edit on 25-9-2009 by Southern Guardian]