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Originally posted by TritonTaranis
When the US doesn't do it someone else will, then everybody will moan at them,
History tends to repeat itself in this manner
Originally posted by MrSpad
Two world wars and hundreds of millions of deaths lead the US to believe that fighting small wars in other parts of the world would keep us from fighting big wars at home. The question is do you act on something that you see becoming a threat early or do you wait until it is a threat later. Word War or small conflict?
My question, at least in part is, should anyone have bases globally? Is it necessary? I can see both sides of the coin, so I'm interested in what others have to say on the topic.
I'll say this, I tend to favor withdrawing back to the US. That doesn't mean I think we should have nothing to do with the rest of the world, but I'm not so sure we need to have bases set up like police precincts all over the world either.
Originally posted by BobM88
As a for instance, the invasion of Panama in 1989. Operation Just Cause. We invade the country and take the President captive and take him to jail back in the US.
We may have had reasons for it...but I wonder if the Soviets had done that, would we have seen it as a necessary action? We clearly disapproved of their invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, and spent years arming the opposition, but I'm not so sure that there's much of a difference there.