<<< I don’t know, that just doesn’t work for me any longer. Seems like a perpetual state of war based on “might happens.” Let the EU, Eastern European, S. Koreans, ME nations, etc, step up.
Let the critics on the other side of the globe roll back THEIR welfare programs to fund their own defense. Iraq and Afghanistan have been disasters. Disasters (and others) we’ll have to live with for a long time to come.
They won’t and in some cases can’t.
So then when do we act?
I guarantee you it would only take one, UNO, of those might happens to actually happen before a multitude of minds would be instantly changed and the cacophonous cries of “how can this possibly be?” would be heard from sea to shining sea.
So, should we have allowed Khrushchev to keep his missiles on Cuba?
Do we allow enemy countries and causes to spread and gain strength setting ourselves up for a larger, more costly and more deadly conflict eventually?
Do you believe we will be left alone if we just “mind our own business”?
Unless you are willing to wait until you have dead citizens on your hands, “might happens” are what you must act on. That is just the way it is and the way it always has been. We have the ability to do that and no excuse not to. The money would be there if we would stop wasting it here.
The constitutional mandate for national defense translated into today’s world does not allow for any other conclusion.
History is littered with the corpses of mighty empires that underestimated it’s enemies and under pursued their own security.[/quote]
Not at all. Cuba would certainely count as a bordering nation, in my mind. Therefore, when positioning missiles into Cuba, one could only conclude we’d be a target of any possible strike. However, an invasion wasn’t even required. Having agreed to remove our own missiles from Turkey the Russians ceased their own action.