Published: Thursday, Oct. 25 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Nice to see a conservative columnist showing how silly some of Romney's
"positions" are."Syria's Jeffersonian caucus?"
Hilarious."Romney thinks America should have 'a military
second to none,' which it will have until the next dozen or so largest
militaries merge." Brutal.Yes, we could cut our military
spending in half and still have a military second to none. We could easily close
half of the 700 to 800 military bases we occupy in foreign countries and
probably not lose a step. We could cut our military presence in Germany from
75,000 to, say, 1,000, and I imagine the region would probably not disintegrate
into another world war.Time to look at what our place really is in
the world. Is it our job to be the world's policeman? If not, then
let's cut our military presence back to something resembling what other
nations consider sufficient.
America’s natural inclination is towards isolationism. World Wars I and II
were European wars that America got drawn into. American temperament won’t
sustain perpetual U.S. involvement overseas. It takes something like a Pearl
Harbor or a 911 to arouse us to take action. Absent that, there’s a
perpetual American aversion to involvement in foreign wars.That’s how George McGovern could go from being a 1940s bomber pilot
decorated for combat valor to being scorned as an addled peacenik in the Vietnam
era two decades later..
Nicely stated Mr. Will.
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