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Cut Commitments, Not Muscle

Automatic2 Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 7:10 AM
Great article as always by Mr. Buchanan. Trading alliances that are beneficial to the people for the US are fine. Entangling military alliances which drag us in conflicts that are none of our business are ridiculous. We could NEVER afford to be the world's policeman, and it is destroying our economy. The only way we should be keeping troops in foreign countries is if we are making big profit, say if the foreign country were paying a 200% cost of operations. Other than that, bring them all home and station 50,000 on the Mexican border.

In that year of happy memory, 1972, George McGovern, the Democratic nominee, declared he would chop defense by fully one-third.

A friendly congressman was persuaded to ask Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird to expatiate on what this might mean.

The Pentagon replied the Sixth Fleet might have to be pulled out of the Med, leaving Israel without U.S. protection against the fleet of Adm. Sergei Gorshkov, and provided the congressman a list of U.S. bases that would have to be shut down.

Radio ads were run in the towns closest to the bases on the Pentagon list, declaring they would be...