Once again, President Donald Trump has created controversy by announcing that the United States will no longer serve as the world’s police. A friend of mine recently commented that Trump creates a controversy every day just by getting up in the morning.
Critics of Trump say that many nations will be left defenseless if the US pulls troops out of their countries. They say that US presence in many nations adds the necessary stability needed to maintain peace.
I have an answer to that. US troops are in the Ukraine but there is no peace. US troops are in Pakistan and there is no real peace. US troops have been in Afghanistan for 17 years and the country is far from being stable or having peace. US troops have been in Iraq for nearly 15 years and the country is far from being stable or having peace. US troops have been in South Korea for 68 years and there is still tension with North Korea.
In other countries like Poland, America has 3,500 troops. There are about 300 troops in Norway and referring to Ukraine, there are supposedly only 250 US troops there. Supposedly, the purpose for US troops in these nations is to prevent Russian invasion, but how in the world are so few US troops supposed to stop a Russian invasion if it happens? It hasn’t worked in the Ukraine.
Consider the fact that the United States has 737 military bases located in 148 countries. Now realize that there are only 196 countries in the entire world, at this time, a number of those countries continue to have strife and are unstable.
Besides the cost and risk of American lives, there is a huge financial cost to being the world’s police. Some recently reported that the US is spending $50 billion a year just for the war in Afghanistan. In May 2017, it was reported:
“Basically, no one has looked at this total cost. I was able to find that Congress asked the military to on a yearly basis calculate the total costs of maintaining troops and bases overseas and they would come up with a figure of about $21, $22 billion every year.”
“And the only other global estimate that I was able to find was one from an economist that showed a total of $250 billion a year. So this is a huge spread between about $22 billion and $250 billion, and so I decided to really try to dive into the Pentagon’s numbers and look for spending that they might have been ignoring in their reports to Congress.”
“And by my calculation, and this was a very conservative estimate, we’re spending around $100 to $150 billion, billion with a b, every year maintaining troops and bases overseas. And I used the pentagon’s congressionally-mandated methodology in my calculations. And this more money than any government agency except the Pentagon itself.”
President Trump wants $5.9 billion to build the border wall? Here is where he can get it. By not being the world’s police and bringing many US troops home, he could easily have more than enough money to build the best and most effective border wall in all of history.
There is nothing in the US Constitution that says that America is supposed to be the world’s police.
However, that was the purpose of the United Nations when it was formed at the end of World War II. Let the UN do its job so the US doesn’t have to keep doing it for them. In the long run, it would save American lives and hundreds of billions of dollars.
Take the troops that are in other nations and put them on the borders of America and have them defend OUR country for a change.
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