Now we are still bogged down in Afghanistan. The Russians were there for 10 years before us. They went home with some help to the Afgans from us. Then we decided to "save" the country from the Taliban. We have been there now for more than 10 years with no end in sight. Again, nothing to gain and only to lose or maim hundreds of our troops. Afghanistan is no threat to our national security. It has no air force and no navy capable of reaching North America. What are we doing there? Afghanistan issues should be the concern of and cost for Pakistan and India and maybe even Japan, not us. Shame on Bush, Cheney and now President Barack Obama.
I have adopted the attitude of Pat Buchanan, a political conservative. He thinks we stick our nose into way too many places around the globe. We act like the global "policeman" and "savior". We are neither. Buchanan believes more in a fortress America philosophy. Yes, attack our enemies worldwide when they are identified and are true threats, but stay out of local conflicts and do not get engaged in lengthy ground wars or conflicts. Makes perfect sense to me. We need to tend to business at home.
Our position should be to have a military so superior in capability that no other nation on earth would ever challenge it. It is to carry the biggest sword and not have to use it. Beyond that, to mind our own business and let other nations work out their own destinies.
In case no one has noticed, we are broke. We need to concentrate on getting this country back to health monetarily, economically, scientifically and politically. Nothing short of this will do. Otherwise, our time in the sun is limited.
Kent Blacklidge, Ph.D., is a former vice chancellor of external relations at IU Kokomo and past publisher of the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.