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The President as Planetary Policeman

Opinionated-American Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 1:09 PM
History tells us. When a military gets to spread out, It can defeated. This has played well to our favor through out our history. But if we make the same mistakes. We will fail like the others. We need to stay within our means. History also shows that we Americans have been better at defense than offence (Policing the world). Nam showed us what happens when you just act like a policeman in another country. God Bless America!!
bbarkowsky Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 3:27 PM
When a military becomes so big and institutionalized, it develops cracks that an enemy can exploit. More money and larger military does not = better defense.

If you don't count Clint Eastwood, whose rambling, Bob Newhartesque conversation with an empty chair included implicit criticism of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rand Paul may have been the only speaker at the Republican National Convention last week who questioned his party's mindless militarism. The Kentucky senator said, "Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent."

That mild rebuke -- which came, fittingly enough, from the son of the Texas congressman whose resistance to promiscuous interventionism distinguished him from the other contenders for the GOP's 2012 presidential nomination...