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  •  Well non American I invite you to pay taxes (0+ / 0-)

    to support the SMIC and to join the national guard so you can participate in several deployments on the other side of the planet for interests that have nothing to do with your friends and neighbors.  

    I'm not a rigid isolationist.  If someone attacks Manitoba count me in.

    The older I get the smarter my mother gets.  She is 92.  She drove an ambulance in WWII and my Dad and uncles were WWII veterans but to this day she would never have gone to war till they attacked Pearl Harbor (though she still loves all those old war movies about the plucky Brits).  

    Seriously, I'm not opposed to alliances that are meaningful.  Obviously we need an alliance with Canada.  I respect the British because they actually help us out even when were are totally stupid and even more recently pointing us in the right direction.   But we are way over the top over committed.  We can't do it alone and most of our supposed allies aren't doing enough or cause us more problems than they are worth.

    •  I understand (0+ / 0-)

      where you're coming from but I do pay taxes to finance deployments on the other side of the planet for various interests not necessarily connected to our own interests or only vaguely connected.  We had an extensive deployment to Afganistan solely on the basis that our neighbour had been attacked and to rid the country of the people who did that.  We sent fighter squadrons to Libya along with a command centre, naval units to the Gulf in the 1st Gulf War and various military/civilian elements to Bosnia.  We have troops still deployed in places like the Sinai as part of UN peacekeeping efforts and supported those efforts in various places in the world.  Our contribution is proportional to our size as a nation.
      Your reaction is entirely understandable but I fear might be counterproductive in the larger scheme of things.  

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