Military, the Middle East, and Budget Cuts

November 28th, 2010 | by Sqotty |

I’ve been of a changing mind on our Middle East policy, specifically the ongoing operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as continued military presence throughout the region. It also plays into how to cut Federal spending, which should be down from just about every agency (but not all of them).

This piece is about our Armed Forces and the war on terror.

I listen to talk radio on my commute. I am not sure which one said this recently, but the thought was that the terrorists are attacking us because of our involvement in the Middle East. Okay, if we take them at their word, then let’s pull out of the Middle East, lock, stock, and barrel. Pull every one of our troops, all of the various support personnel, including private contractors, out of all Muslim nations. We should also close out most of the bases we maintain in foreign lands, including Turkey, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, just to name a few. Most of these countries don’t appreciate our being there, and are using us to prop up local economies and defend them from foreign invasion. Let them defend their own borders. That being said, I would keep some bases in the U.K. Australia and a few other nations that have proven to be our best allies as we do need to keep some places from which to operate in a fast response nature should the need arise.

By bringing home most of the hundreds of thousands of troops we have stationed abroad, we could then station them along our own borders (North and south, but mostly south) and greatly reduce the trafficking of drugs as well as the flow of illegal aliens into our country.

If, as the terrorists claim, they are attacking us because we have troops in the Muslim nations, the attacks should stop, and we can then get rid of the TSA, the Department of Homeland Security, and repeal the Patriot Act (I have been growing increasingly troubled by that law as TSA becomes more aggressive in perverting American Liberty). We can go back to a pre-9/11 mindset on travel. People would be able to move about airports freely again; we could even meet our traveling loved ones at the gate instead of at baggage pickup. No more virtual strip searches with manhood measuring devices, no more groping innocent Americans, no more legalized pedophilia.

And, if the terrorists are liars (which they most likely are), instead of punishing Americans and restricting our Liberties, we use our military might to go after the terrorist plotters, then withdraw back to our own borders.

By doing this, we’ll save billions of dollars per year by not having all of these TSA agents groping every American citizen and by not paying a variety of countries money to maintain a military presence (they really should be paying us to defend their borders!).

We do, however, increase our budgets for intelligence agencies, and continue to monitor these thugs, because they may still be holding a knife behind their backs should we take them at their word that it is because we are “over there” that they want to kill us over here.

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