So I got to watching a documentary about the United States military and what would happen if we removed it from the world stage. It had some interesting facts. It brought up a lot of incidents like geneocide, oil, and defense of certain nations. It posed some interesting questions. I cannot comment with true expertise, but I do have some knowledge in the areas. So my question is what other people think? What especially do Europeans think?
The reason why I am curious about Europeans is because I seem to hear a lot about how we need to keep out of other nations' affairs. One of the questions posed by the documentary is what can Europeans and the UN do about things like Geneocide? Well given the military status from these nations...well...nothing really. Looking at history we see even in the European backyard...nothing. The Balkans (Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo). They can't really field a large enough force FAST enough. I would say that is pretty accurate. I mean there are dozens of US military bases world wide and how many in Europe? I would say that was a large benifit during the Cold War. Of course I think part of the European mentality on this has to do with 2 MAJOR wars being fought on their soil. I would figure that makes a lot of sense to hold back from large militaries.
I think another HUGE benifit that very few Europeans understand they receive from the United States military opperating abroad as it does, is that of stability. I am not talking about us keeping everything in the world on track, but look at the Middle East. We have our bases in certain areas keeping guys like Achmedinjadadada (I can't spell that Iranian dudes name to save my life) at least half way in check. The areas with the Oil are the ones Europe needs to be concerned about. We have bases there, and I don't know how much Europe does there. But us staying there keeps the region stable and keeps oil from being cut off (aka Kuwait). China also stands to gain from stability on the oil markey from OUR military. Does anyone else see this?
The Israel question is huge. What exactly would happen if we stopped our support of Israel? What would happen to the Middle East and oil prices? Especially if a place lke Iran gets the bomb.
Now what about the North Korean question? South Korean protection depends a lot on US technology and troops. Especially with Seoul right on the border. If anyone wonders why them getting the bomb is a big deal...that is it.
Taiwan is a nother nation under the protection of United States military and the Navy specifically is what prevents China from making moves. The OTHER big question is also Japan. China may have no ambition to control Japan, but the question arrises that if China gets to expanding...how long till Japan is under threat? Or that they need to go nuclear? Or expend for a bigger military?
So these are my thoughts (some are parroted out of the documenary and really I am looking for commentary). Anyone else?