No one seems to know what to do in response to recent North Korean acts of war toward South Korea.Of course, that raises the question of why American troops are STILL in Korea so long after a truce was declared...especially in light of the built up state of South Korean military capability.
does anyone question for even one moment that should America pull out of South Korea and it's treaty obligations, South Korea would be over-run by the North within a year at most? So, ... the question comes down to, "Why should we care?"
And since Japan, if I remember correctly, is limited to defensive armament that cannot threaten the mainland of either Korea or China, I suspect that it would not be many years before the Chinese and a unified Korea would cast greedy eyes and ultimately successfully take control of Japan. Again, the question is, "Why should we care?"
And that leads to our European involvement. While it is unclear what effect a withdrawal of American troops from Europe would have on their security, it is entirely possible that if they perceive a threat from the east an offer would materialize that would cover America's costs of keeping the troops in place. But the question still must be answered..."why should we care?" Indeed.
The world expresses resentment to the presence of our troops anywhere in the world. There is no appreciation, no gratitude, no benefit to America for our soldiers' presence or for the danger to their lives.
The world expresses resentment for our foreign aid, and we apparently cannot prevent it's use for anything the receiving nations wishes. Foreign Aid is just a way of taking the tax money from poor and middle-class Americans and giving it Rich People in foreign countries.
Membership in the U.N. gives us the privilege paying great sums of our tax dollars so that we can be insulted by the rest of the world, and allow their "Diplomats" into our country to flout our laws with impunity.
What, indeed, is the benefit to the United States of America? Are we genetically dependent on appearing to "be the Boss?"
If we discontinued all this unwelcome involvement, I suspect that we would have the military capability to actually secure our borders, the funds to insure that any attack on the territory of the United States would result in the destruction of the attacker, the money to pay down and eliminate our debt and, with just a little bit of luck, enough left over so that scientists could develop a genome that would result increating a moral, honest politician, the cloning of which would insure that our federal government, like the States and the rest of us, had to live within it's means and not infringe on our personal freedoms....just maybe.