11-15-2012, 02:44 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Twixt Hell & Highwater
Originally Posted by Drek
Close all foreign military bases. We got aircraft carriers and allies with military bases all around the world. Bring all our troops home.
If we need to get involved in a foreign conflict (get into when that should happen later) we send a carrier or two out to the nearest large body of water and carpet bomb and drone strike our opponent into the stone age. Problem solved.
Wasn't this the spirit that our nation was founded on? You can't just gift liberty and democracy onto people. We've found that out all too clearly in the last several decades of American foreign conflict.
After WWI we were not an unquestioned super power like we are now, and there was nothing close to the coalition of allies currently constructed via NATO, etc..
That would be the ideal. Shave military spending down to ~3.0% of GDP via extracting ourselves from foreign involvement and more efficient management.
When did peace in the middle east become entirely a U.S. responsibility? Can't get along with your neighbors? Sort it out. We've carried water for Israel for too damn long as it is and now they're back antagonizing other nations because they think big brother (the U.S.) will always have their back. Time for them to grow up.
Russia is militarily weak and will not directly intercede to save Assad. Turkey is militarily capable of protecting themselves.
And they're years away from a strike on U.S. soil. Sounds like other people's problem.
Not at all. Its just time to stop playing world police. We can still help NATO and provide a lot of the muscle to joint efforts, but we should no longer obligate ourselves to ensuring peace across the world.
Consolidate all military R&D into a single multi-branch chaired board where new technologies are developed based on cross-branch synergy. No more heavy R&D on three or four different jets spread throughout the branches, or service rifles, etc.. No more iterative annual upgrades to state of the art tech that adds zero increased functionality.
Instead all R&D should be focused on the long term game. Develop a fighter that can last several years for example and spend the time in between iterations planning on a true step forward. Stagger updates throughout the entire fleet of aircraft, watercraft, firearms, etc..
It would add significant efficiency and let the gov't. suppliers actually meet demand for updates, not being behind in production until well after the next iteration is already ready to replace it.
Further, our military needs to change how it approaches military personnel. Standards of conduct need to be overhauled so that personal failings (like adultery) are set aside and instead we focus on actual results. Thomas E. Ricks' new book "The Generals" underscores the kind of change we need. The Peter Principle can't be allowed to occur in our military. You only reach the highest point of your greatest efficiency, not the point of incompetence. This should be achieved through demotions which need to be viewed as a move to better the nation, not a slight.
Bravo! My sentiments exactly. We were never supposed to be the policeman of the world, or an empire.