Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 2021 SL770
Location: Fountain Hills, AZ
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I'll answer some of the questions you seem to find too daunting, how's that?
Do you want troops in S. Korea? No, we should negotiate a gradual withdrawal
Do you want troops in Japan? No, we should negotiate a gradual withdrawal
S. Korea and Japan are both true Pacific military powers, who essentially stand unchallenged in the region. Our protection under a nuclear umbrella is all that is required. Taiwan is another very tricky subject, a discussion I'll save for another day.
Do you want troops in Thailand? No, and we should only continue engaging in war games there as requested by the local government.
Do you want troops in the Philippines? Yes, but only as requested by the local government
Do you want troops in Indonesia? No, Indonesia is probably lost as a US ally due to economic blowback from the mid - late 90s.
Do you want troops in Iraq? No -- negotiate a withdrawal with regional players, including S.A., Turkey, Iran and Syria
Do you want troops in Iran? No
Do you want troops in Saudi Arabia? No, unless specifically requested by the local government. Even then, not the best idea.
Do you want troops in Afghanistan? Yes, as required to keep the Taliban down. Not the best strategy, but we're already knee deep.
Do you want troops in Cuba? Yes, but negotiate a withdrawal with Castro's successor.
Do you want troops in Venezuela? No
Do you want troops in Germany? Diplomatic military presence only as/if requested
Do you want troops in Italy? Diplomatic military presence only as/if requested
Do you want troops in Lebanon? No
Do you want troops in Israel? No
Do you want troops in Syria? No
None of this equates to isolationism, as you so fervently wish to believe. Active trade and diplomatic relationships continue unfettered. We become an actual member of the world community rather than a world menace, and a member with unquestioned and unchallenged military might. In addition, we should nurture the development of a Mossad-like institution for the express purpose of engaging in counter-terrorism.
"If spending money you don't have is the height of stupidity, borrowing money to give it away is the height of insanity." -- anon