People who support a more active foreign policy tend
to think that country hopping by the military has either made Americans
safer or has righted some wrong they believe to have occurred. Most of these reasons come directly from
this article by Harry Browne
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It may have been "a dangerous world out there" for others, but it wasn't
for us until the meddling of our leaders made it so. Now it is extremely
dangerous to be an American -- thanks to a series of Republican and Democratic
Presidents. (Doesn't anyone ever wonder why terrorists target us and not
The foreign adventures of our Republican and Democratic leaders have led
to people in all parts of the world hating America. Don't we have enough
enemies by now? Or must we turn our few remaining friends against us?
If we have a moral responsibility to fight every evil in the world,
you'd better kiss your children goodbye and prepare for wars in Rwanda,
Zaire, China, Russia, Croatia, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Turkey,
the Sudan, Algeria, Kashmir, Angola, Sierra Leone and many other countries.
Our volunteer military can't handle them all, encouraging a return of the
draft -- and your children and your grandchildren probably won't be exempt
next time. Air strikes can't do the job, so your children will be slogging
through the mud of Europe, Asia, or Africa -- sleeping in filthy foxholes,
risking their lives as they become hardened killers. Is that what you want?
U.S. intervention hasn't brought us a single unqualified success in decades
-- not in Somalia, Rwanda, Libya, Nicaragua, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan,
Lebanon, the Philippines, South Africa, Vietnam, Korea, Cuba, or anywhere
else. In every case, the original reason for the intervention still exists
(as with Saddam Hussein) or the enemy has been replaced by one that's equally
bad (as in the case of Afghanistan or South Africa).
The U.S. armed the Afghan "freedom fighters," Saddam Hussein, and Manuel
Noriega (among others) -- all of whom became enemies that had to be attacked.
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