By Alden L. Benton
“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” ~Winston Churchill
In the aftermath of World War II, the United States took on the role of the world’s policeman. With the formation of the United Nations in 1945, the role of the United States military as world police has steadily increased.
From Korea and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops have been deployed around the globe as both warriors and as peacekeepers.
In my August 24 post, Seven Minutes of Obamateurism, I noted:
“At a time when the economy of the United States is on life-support (made in China), the president promised to continue to “help” the Libyans. While unstated, this means more military, perhaps even boots on the ground, and lots of our tax dollars flowing to the new regime as humanitarian aid. We all know what happens to aid money in corrupt, third world nations. Spending all of Qddaffi’s frozen assets will be just the beginning.”
Unfortunately, “just the beginning” is now.
According to a September 12 report from Fox News (U.S. Boots on the Ground in Libya, Pentagon Confirms):
“Despite repeated assurances from President Obama and military leaders that the U.S. would not send uniformed military personnel into Libya, four U.S. service members arrived on the ground in Tripoli over the weekend.”
Ostensibly, these troops are there to assist in repairing the United States Embassy damaged during the Libyan war. Unless these people are Seabees or Army Engineers, they are not there just to fix the embassy. More likely, this is just the beginning of an open-ended peacekeeping and economic stability program.
Now, reports in the media, including Fox News, are surfacing that the president has sent 100 troops to the Central African nation of Uganda as advisors.
An October 14 Fox News report (Obama Sends U.S. Troops to Central Africa to Aid Campaign Against Rebel Group) states:
“President Obama is sending about 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to help local forces battle the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group that the administration says has waged a campaign of murder, rape, and kidnapping for more than two decades.”
Again, the history of the United States military acting as advisors clearly shows an ever-expanding role that eventually leads to direct involvement in the conflict which they are advising.
One inviolable rule of nations is that their military strength is in direct proportion to their economic strength. In other words, the stronger the nation’s health, the stronger, and more involved the military, and the more involved it can be in the nation’s foreign policy.
Whether one disagrees with the president’s policies regarding use of our troops or not, we must frame that use in an economic context. The United States economy is ailing. An ailing economy weakens us as a nation, especially militarily.
Until the economy rebounds from its doldrums, the United States must be frugal with the money it spends. We must ensure that each dollar spent is put to its highest and best use.
The question which we must ask the president with each proposed deployment of U.S. troops overseas is: Is this the highest and best use of these resources? If it is not, we must demand the president consider other options.
We cannot afford to police the world until our economy regains its vigor.
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