Monday, May 2, 2011

Now that Bin Laden is dead, where do we go from here?

I wish to start by congratulating the efforts of President Obama, our military and our intelligence services on finally bringing Osama to justice.  It has taken 10 years, but we did what we said we would do.  Now there can be some rest and closure to the thousands of Americans who lost loved ones on that day.  And we have also sent a strong message to those who wish to harm us: don't do it or you'll pay to the last farthing.
And now how should we handle our military?

1) We should always have the best military in the world, so that no country would think that they could prevail against us.  The U.S. Navy still dominates the oceans, and can defend the U.S. from attacks from just about anywhere in the world.

2) We have more than 350,000 troops deployed abroad in over 100 foreign bases.  Given that the only significant threat is that of Islamo-terrorism, there seems to be no reason for this.  We only need our intelligence agencies, and our special forces to find and eliminate threats to the United States.  Bring the rest of our troops home and close our foreign bases.  This includes troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, North Korea, Japan, Germany, and hundreds of other locations.

3) We should discontinue our policy of foreign intervention - by trying to use our military to make other countries into democracies.  We are not the policemen of the world, and the fate of other countries is up to them.  

4) Stopping this policemen role would likely result in less hostility toward us, and would allow us to bring our troops home to protect our own borders and ports, and saving tons of money in the process.

5) Similarly, we should phase out continual foreign aid.  The only time we should give money to other countries is when a natural disaster occurs, such as the earthquake in Japan, or the tsunami in Indonesia which killed over 200,000 people.
 
6) We would save U.S. lives, taxpayer's money, and be better prepared to deal with attacks against us, and would give no reason for others to think that we are interfering with their countries.


Now is that time for the United States to go back to its proper military role: that of protecting the United States.