Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Do you want the USA to police the world?
The long term effect of the USA and the UK footing the bill and risks of the worldwide defense of western liberal democracy is the absolute supremacy of our integrated military command, planet-wide. This has allowed other democracies the luxury of spending a larger proportion of their own GNP on non-defense issues, relying and depending on the US/UK/Australia/NZ to do the job. It worked wonderfully well. It defeated the Soviet bloc and allowed the development of liberal western democracies around the world. I would be interested in seeing decadal stats of how many liberal democracies existed since 1938. I'll bet there has been a continual increase. Those countries that were protected by our umbrella were nurtured in that development by our blood and treasure. Did we do it out of altruism? Heck no!
We did it because the world is safer in the hands of liberal democracy than any other system of government. We are safer and the people of the world are safer for us having spent the thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. Nobody would claim that every adventure was good. Only a complete fool would suggest that they were all bad. The world is in no danger of exhausting the supply of complete fools.
The current adventure will be judged by history and that history will be written by the winners. The history in Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, the Ukraine, Pakistan, Bulgaria, France, Belgium, the UK, the USA etc will all reflect that reality.