What to do, what to do? How do we as a nation navigate the minefield that Twenty-First Century geopolitics has become? It would seem the United States can do no right.
Do nothing in Darfur, and it’s the wrong thing. Do something in Iraq, it’s the wrong thing. Do something in Sudan, and we’ve screwed it up again. What can our nation possibly do, or not do, to right this situation?
Do no harm, you say. Lose the jingoism. Don’t be the ‘Ugly Americans.’ Turning away from the evils of Capitalism is another suggestion. Mind our own business. Develop a more Multi-Cultural viewpoint. Be more eco-friendly, less consumptive, more open minded, less judgmental. Some believe we need to be more like the Europeans.
I believe a better, cheaper and more effective solution would be to pull in the sidewalks. We should begin removing ourselves from the world stage. I don’t mean ‘take our toys and go home.’ I believe we should continue to maintain our world presence, just a presence with a greatly reduced footprint. We will be better off in so many ways – national defense, national treasury, technological advancement, opinion in the eyes of the world, etc.
Technology has advanced to the point that we can defend our nation from our own shores and territories without maintaining foreign bases, provided we have no intentions or need of projecting military power more than a few thousand miles from North America. This would result in 2 major advantages – no other nation is mad at us for anything we are doing to them, because we’ll be sitting back in the US minding our own business; the second would be the savings in treasury expenditures to maintain a world wide military presence. An additional benefit would be we would have plenty of soldiers along our borders to effectively control immigration, legal and otherwise.
The treasury saved could be diverted to two major areas. I believe the first would be to immediately begin pumping our own domestic oil and gas for US consumption. In reasonably short order, perhaps a dozen years, we could be almost energy independent. But, the bigger benefit, by far, would be to take the saved money and apply it to alternative energies – not pie-in-the-sky stuff, but real, reasonable, attainable projects that will yield real results. And don’t worry about if we can do it. Given enough money there is nothing American ingenuity cannot accomplish. Nothing.
Another benefit of US energy independence will be the resulting mega-drop in oil prices. The less foreign oil we buy, the more available to the rest of the world, thus driving down the price – supply and demand at it’s finest. Additionally, when the price is driven down sufficiently low we can buy more of the Arab oil; when the price begins to climb again, we use more domestic, thus driving the price down again. We save billions of dollars and drive the Middle-East despots insane, while at the same time denying them the money from oil profits they use to prop up their regimes. The best part is the resulting marginalization of the Muslim World.
To be completely honest, the Middle-East is of no importance to the modern western democracies, but for that damn oil. Do you think if there were no oil under the sand anyone would give a damn about Usama, King Abdullah, Ahmadinejhad or any of the other despots in power in that part of the world? I don’t.
As far as our continued presence on the world’s stage, we are still the world’s economic powerhouse, and although China and India are drivin’ for the hoop, the US is still a pretty tough cookie. Without our economy, the world stops dead in it’s tracks. Remember 1929, the Great Depression? The US was a far less powerful and influential nation than today, and look what happened to the world’s economy.
I believe the United States could successfully reduce our world footprint by bringing home all our troops all over the world; ending our efforts to moderate, negotiate or referee the world’s disagreements. One of our tools would also be to end our humanitarian aid to the world. Sorry to say it, but if you don’t like me, you damn sure don’t like my money. To Hell with ya. Tsunamis be damned. And just think, if we didn’t have to grow enough food to feed the world we could use that land to grow more bio-fuel, thus further helping end our dependence on foreign energy sources.
I think a version of limited isolationism would serve our long-term goals in so many ways. I briefly addressed our borders, but more specifically we should close ’em up tight. At all ports of entry into the United States we should drastically increase our scrutiny of who is attempting to come into the US, turning away anyone we wish, for any reason we wish. Let us take the complete responsibility for protecting our shores, not counting on the proper oversight of foreign nations policies to help in the effort. Remember, if all our soldiers, sailors, Marines and Air Force are available for the physical defense of the homeland, we will be effective in our efforts. Our aircraft carriers, having no foreign missions, will be able to patrol the Atlantic and Pacific at will, all the time, thus further extending the umbrella of protection of our shores.
There is far more to this theory, and while nothing is as easy as it sounds, it is perfectly reasonable and possible. It’s just a matter of national will. If we had the mindset for this course of action, the implementation would be nothing compared to wrapping our minds around the concept of doing it.