Like almost everything associated with a Trump presidency I really don’t have much of an idea on what he really thinks about our military engagements around the world. He has said that NATO needs to be renegotiated so maybe that is a clue. The area I am most concerned with is our policy of being the policemen of the world. Like most everything else he seems to have been all over the map on this topic.
We entangle ourselves in every military conflict around. There doesn’t seem to be a war we don’t want to get involved in. I hope a Trump White House pulls us out of many places in the world where we really don’t belong. One of the reasons we spend more on our military than the rest of the world combined is that we come to the rescue of everyone else’s problems. If we simply stated that “you need to solve your own problems” we could easily cut our military by half and in the process save trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives.
We currently have military bases strewn throughout the world that are there because of situations of decades ago. I barely remember our Korean Conflict (we didn’t call them wars in those days) but we still have about 30,000 troops stationed there after 60+ years. South Korea’s economy now dwarfs North Korea in its magnitude. So why do we think they need help in controlling the northern half of their country. Maybe like Vietnam, if we had just left it to them they might have been united again by now.
Germany is the number one economy in Europe and yet there are 35,000 U.S. troops permanently stationed in that country. Isn’t it about time we let Germany defend themselves? They would probably take over the defense of Europe if we vacated that responsibility.
The other area in this topic is how much money we give to foreign powers. Israel gets billions of bucks each year from the U.S. to defend themselves. They currently have the biggest military machine in that region of the world. Isn’t it time for them to take care of their own needs? But Israel is only the tip of the money iceberg.
All the money we throw out into the rest of the world to “help” them with their situations causes our national debt to increase year after year. Maybe it is time for the rest of the world to take care of their own problems. Maybe it is time for some “tough love” when it comes to our foreign alliances.
Please Mr. Trump, if you really want to change things tackle this problem.