reply to post by seabag
Isolationism led US into 2 World Wars! Disarmament became a pipe dream and reduction in arms was the new mantra. Throughout the aftermath of WW2 and
into the 70’s and 80’s, another growing threat to freedom and democracy emerged - communism. The Korea and Vietnam wars were all about stopping
the threat of communism. After beating back communism in both of those wars, US helped those countries rebuild with millions in taxpayer dollars. All
of the front groups we used in in the Middle-East to stop the rise of communism began to splinter and pursue their own interests. Terrorism, as a
tactic, began to rise. The groups we see today in power in the Middle-East are a direct result of our actions over the past 50 years.
SO…those who blame the US for the aggression displayed by some nations in the Middle-East are partially correct. However, this aggression is not a
result of US occupation, murder, or genocide as many ridiculously claim, but US is responsible for some of these monsters.
Nevertheless, the current threats to global peace, regardless how they came to be, are a clear and present threat to global security. The fact remains
that, like the threats in the past, these new threats must be dealt with lest we relive history and suffer a greater loss of life in the future.
If we did decide to ignore the new dangers in the world we would suffer many serious consequences, and I think closing bases overseas would lead to
• Unstable, terroristic regimes will rise, creating regional war on a grand scale
• US borders will be compromised
• Weaker nations will be run over by stronger adversaries
• International trade will be negatively affected, endangering the global economy
• The world’s oil supply will be cut off
• Inevitably, one of these rogue nations will resort to nuclear warfare
If the US withdraws from its international responsibilities, not only will democracy suffer, the world will quickly become engulfed in WWIII with
fringe groups armed with WMB trying to flex their muscles. As history has demonstrated, bad things will inevitably follow when aggression and tyranny
You CANNOT turn your back on aggression or bury your head in the sand without severe consequences.
Isolationism DOES NOT WORK. As a superpower, the US does not have the luxury of isolationism as other countries have enjoyed throughout history.
There’s a big difference between having troops stationed overseas and policing the world. I don’t want to police the world either. Countries (much
like individual states in US) should be responsible for their own policing. But there are certain types of aggression that should be handled by a
higher authority. Tyranny and aggression against cannot go un-checked. I’ve shown what happens as a result…
I argue that Ron Paul’s idea of foreign policy is dangerous. Limiting the US and allied presence in the world will lead us into WWIII. The US has
the power to wipe the world clean of humans but instead has helped other countries prosper. Has the US benefited from the interventions into other
countries? Of course, but so have they!! Does that mean the US is trying to oppress people? Absolutely not!! Bases overseas are NOT occupation.
If you feel strongly about Ron Paul’s plan of withdrawing all US troops from overseas, please tell me how this will make America safer. Please tell
me how this action wouldn’t be exactly like the isolationism of the past that led to the wars of the past 100 years. How can we ignore the threats
we face today when the threats of yesterday led us to painful wars and loss of life? Please justify closing bases overseas, otherwise you must
denounce RP’s foreign policy.
edit on 21-1-2012 by seabag because: (no reason given)