Hey Ron Paul Fans: Hope You Know That If America Stopped Being The World's Policeman, America's Economy Would CollapseSubmitted by DeMolay on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 05:36
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry | Aug. 23, 2011, 4:32 AM |
Ron Paul doesn't just think the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are a mistake. He's an isolationist: he thinks America shouldn't be the world's policeman. He thinks America shouldn't have troops abroad and shouldn't use its military except in cases of self-defense.
Here's the problem: this would wreck the US economy, and the world economy.
And isolationists in general, and Ron Paul in particular, don't seem to grasp that.
Here's the thing: when isolationists talk about America being the "world's policeman", they think about foreign wars like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. That's what mobilizes people's imagination for very obvious reasons: it's where people die. But foreign wars are by far the least important part of America's duty as the world's policeman.
What matters about America being the world's policeman, and America's troops abroad, is all the troops that don't do any fighting.
From bases in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the US military protects the world's shipping lanes, making sure the clockwork of the global economy runs smoothly and goods and oil can be shipped to and back. This is the part of the global American military footprint that actually matters, not the wars.
These wars may be very bad ideas, but Ron Paul and his ilk don't just want to end those wars. They want to end America's global military hegemony.
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