A commenter whose comments I almost always delete sent one today (since deleted) that complains: "The whole world is falling apart and you say nothing."
Well, the whole world isn't falling apart, but - yes - there are a number of conflicts taking place now and many of them are causing real harm to innocent people. It's hard to stand by and watch bullies and butchers destroy countries.
As always, there are a bunch of Americans who demand that we must send in troops, or better yet, just bomb the bastards. Sending American troops into battle makes them feel all powerful and patriotic. You know the type, they clip American flags onto their cars and slap on yellow ribbon magnets to show their solidarity with "our brave troops". But don't ask them to serve or send their kids, and fergodsakes, don't raise their taxes to pay for their little wars.
The harsh truth is, we are terrible at fighting wars. What did we accomplish in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan? What did it cost us (in lives and dollars)? What else could we have done with the money instead? How much better off would we be if those Americans killed in action had lived and led normal lives?
We can no longer be the world's cop. The best we can do is use our economic might and diplomatic skills to end them or keep them form exploding into something worse. Let's face it, a significant number of world leaders are nut cases. Seems like we have more than our share of nut cases in Congress, too. Seems like our first order of business should be to make sure none of them ever get into the White House.
UPDATE: The commenter mentioned above writes: "So as in 1938, you just want to stand by and do nothing. Soon China will be grabbing land too."
Since the beginning of time greedy leaders have been grabbing land from others. This is why nations have militaries and alliances like NATO, to protect themselves from greedy, power-hungry neighbors. We have the most powerful military in the world, as would be expected of the richest nation in the world, but we abused our military in Vietnam, and we did the same in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the latter two even refused to raise taxes to pay for the wars, so now our children will pay for those fiascos.
In the past few years I've heard Republicans demand that we use our military to punish Iran, Syria, and now Russia. I think I've heard some insist that we must send more troops back into Afghanistan to protect the areas and cities we once controlled but are now falling to the Taliban again. And yet Republicans are adamently opposed to any new taxes to pay for any of this military adventurism.
NO. Now it is time for us to take care of our unemployed and begin rebuilding a nation that is falling apart. We need to take care of the wounded and maimed veterans from our decade of fighting in counties that mean little to our security.