GrampaGreer wrote:America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.
I agree, except that's not what we were talking about. No foreign power could invade our shores for the simple fact that we have the largest navy in the world. Not only that but the size of our navy is larger than the next 9 combined. The point I was making is that no domestic insurgency has a chance in hell of going up against our military. Yeah, citizens have a wide rage of privately owned firepower. Yeah, there's even illegally owned weapons that are a damn site more powerful than hunting rifles. But none of these weapons, legally owned or otherwise, could match the sheer might of our military hadrware. You couldn't even hide, we've got night vision capabilities not only for ground troops but for drones and tanks, guided missiles, etc. Hell, the DEA uses heat vision so powerful it can differentiate between different species of plants so they can spot marijuana fields from the air. Pretty sure the military could find Wisconsin insurgents hiding in the woods. (not to mention satellites that can pinpoint an individual from space. I'm pretty sure our gov't has stuff WAY more powerful than google earth )
GrampaGreer wrote:And in reference to the comment by Mr. Bull about imperialism...My country is not Imperialistic. That is just commie crap. Our military presence in all of those other countries is a deterrent for any aggression against our allies. It allowed our allies to rebuild after 2 world wars and a "police action" in the course of 35 years, all of which would have been lost to the forces of evil if not for us.
I am fully prepared to have a peaceful and civil discussion with you as long as you refrain from name calling. I'm sure you wouldn't appreciate me referring to a statement you make as "hillbilly nonsense" as I don't really appreciate being referred to as a commie. Especially since I live in the state directly north of yours and don't really appreciate being called hillbilly myself. That being said, you're right. Our presence in Germany and Japan post WWII was necessary to maintain stability in regions decimated by war. I don't think 50k troops in Germany almost 70 years later is necessary, though. Especially since we have the capability to transport large troop numbers from US soil to anywhere in the world within 24 hrs.
Where we get imperialistic (in my opinion) is when we impose our beliefs on other nations. I'm not for Communism, but it might work for other countries and to go to war with someone simply because their gov't is fundamentally in opposition to our own is wrong. Communism works for China. Probably because they practice Capitalism. Canada is a Democracy but they practice Socialism. It works for them. That's what I was getting at. It's in our own self interest to remove our noses from the worlds business. We'd probably not be paying so much for gasoline if we'd just stop pissing off the middle east. Just saying.