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Since the end of WW II, the US has played 'big brother' & 'world policeman'.

We incurred massive debt when we re-constructed Europe and Japan after the war. Further, we spent hundreds of millions re-building the industrial infrastructure of Europe and Japan. While our own industrial infrastructure remained early 20th century tech. Our industries were taxed to pay for re-building. We even, foolishly forgave the war debts owed by almost every single nation. Finland was the sole country to pay its' war debt. Heck, we even put up the cash to re-build Kuwait after Saddam invaded; even though Kuwait had billions in ready reserves.

We have spent billions in foreign aid and development aid to a great many countries around the world. However, a lot of that money wound up in tin-pot dictator's swiss bank accounts and their people remained as bad off as they were before.

And what has this largesse brought us? A huge debt, almost 3 TRILLION in debt. The countries we aided, in general, don't support us in foreign affairs (some directly oppose us). Far too many nations and their people despise us, yet without us their nation would not even exist today. One major mistake America has made, and continues to make, is that it is trying to buy friendship and alliances. Yet nations take our money, then spit in our eye; and our gov't seems to think that if we give a little more, then they'll like us.
This doesn't work.

It is time to re-think how we do business with the rest of the world.
Open trade is good; but if a nation places exhorbitant tariffs on our goods, then we should do the same to theirs.
No more foreign aide or development aid for anyone. We cannot afford it anyway. If some nation wants our help, then they have to pay for it.
Bring all troops stationed overseas back to the US, use them to guard our borders. Almost all nations guard their borders and strictly enforce immigration laws; the US doesn't and it's time we did.
Be the world policeman no more. It is not our gov'ts obligation to maintain order in the world. Look at Bosnia for example; we have had troops there for several years now and the situation is no better than before. The people there still hate each other and can't wait for the US to leave so they can go back to killing one another. You can't force group A and group B to get along and like the other. I think the situation in Iraw is going to follow a similar pattern. If the Shiite majority gains control of the new Iraqi legislature, then as soon as we are not running things, they will proceed to deal with the Sunnis in much the same manner the Sunnis under Saddam dealt with them. Are we going to spend another few billion to go back in and stop them?

I am not saying that the US become isolationist; but we do need to start putting our needs first and the rest of the world a distant second. The US has too many internal problems and it is time we addressed them. We need to have responsible spending in gov't, pay off the national debt, re-buid our own industrial infrastructure, and in general put our own house in order.
 

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where is the "how many whining" post? :lol:
 
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