[No nation is wasting so much of its resources as the U.S. with its deployment of its military in more than 150 counties around the world (See below). No wonder the Republicans insist on violations of U.S. Constitutional and world standards with their continuing obsession with the Cold War now transferred to a ‘war on terror’.

The problem here is that precisely our determination to dominate the world with our military is a large part of the reason why we are being attacked here, there, and elsewhere by those resistant to such meddling in their lives. Our ‘allies’ are scarcely so stupid and are getting themselves one by one out of the messes that we have been creating. I would venture a guess that it will soon be virtually our troops alone who are scattered in our chosen war zones and are losing their lives — for what?

I am not saying that the suicidal Muslim murderers are innocents, but their killings of people are turning off their communities which are best left to handle these nut cases — imagine someone blowing him/her self up along with innocent victims for what? This is not a war that we are fighting — it should be a moral and financial support movement for those who are being so harmed by these thugs. It looks as though the Pakistanis have had it with the Taliban and are taking steps to get rid of them. If we leave others this option, the same is likely to happen widely — no longer the excuse of resisting the American military trying to dominate the globe which is now a financial institution wasting resources that are leaving us far behind — education, medicine, infrastructure, jobs, etc., etc.

Will we be able to redirect our efforts or will we end up bankrupted with our military excesses as were the Soviets? Save us from this antiquated Republican mentality! It is risking our future as a people and a nation. Ed Kent]

The military of the United States is deployed in more than 150 [1] countries around the world, with more than 369,000 of its 1,379,551[2] active-duty troops serving outside the United States and its territories. Many of these troops are still located at installations activated during the Cold War, by which the US government sought to counter the Soviet Union in the aftermath of World War II. Since 2001, the US has redeployed some of its forces as part of the “War on Terror.”


“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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