To those that replied yes, why did you? The first responsibility of the U.S. Federal Government is to protect our borders, our Country, our citizens. We need a force larger then all other Countries in order to protect us from attack by other Countries with large forces. Specifically, China, Northern Korea, Russia and so on.
We should not cut our forces which among other things will increase the number of our unemployed but leave us vunerable to attack. Instead, we should cut our financial assistance to Countries that are potential enemies or support our potential enemies. I am not claiming to be a scholar when it comes to foreign policy, etc. But it seems to me that keeping a viable force should be are first priority.
We should all foreign aid.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
When it comes to our military size you lefties are clueless.
"God Bless Our Troops in Harms Way."
There's more wealth, power, and security in alliances than without them. That makes the choice over whether to have allies or not sort of easy from a utilitarian perspective, which is (and generally has to be) the deciding factor in creating policy.
That's not to say the United States hasn't been foolish or reckless. If the United States needed to be a hegemony at the end of WWII to stop the Soviets from taking over everything, we should have eased into a position of equality afterwards so there was less singular pressure to make things work out for the rest of the world. For whatever reason, our leadership in Washington became addicted to the sort of hegemony where other countries walked in lockstep with us and couldn't function once this adherence began to disappear.
The other great power that took responsibility for making things work out was Athens, and they exacted heavy taxation from their allies for the service.
Last edited by Morality Games; 03-04-14 at 02:37 AM.