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Should the United States be the global police force of the world?

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“No. That’s a big no.”

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“I’d rather have it be the U.S. than a lot of other countries, but I think coordinating with other countries is good, too.”

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“No … I don’t think there should be a global police force at all.”

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“Not necessarily that we should be the global police force, but I believe we should help to an extent, maybe more than we do now.”

Comments

Kontum1972 3 years, 5 months ago

have u ever been in a A/O where bombing takes place?

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

Efficiency and progress is ours once more Now that we have the Neutron bomb It's nice and quick and clean and gets things done Away with excess enemy But no less value to property No sense in war but perfect sense at home:

The sun beams down on a brand new day No more welfare tax to pay Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light Jobless millions whisked away At last we have more room to play All systems go to kill the poor tonight

Gonna Kill kill kill kill Kill the poor:Tonight

Behold the sparkle of champagne The crime rate's gone Feel free again O' life's a dream with you, Miss Lily White Jane Fonda on the screen today Convinced the liberals it's okay So let's get dressed and dance away the night

While they: Kill kill kill kill Kill the poor:Tonight

Brownback's theme song. http://tinyurl.com/3w33gjd

labmonkey 3 years, 5 months ago

A-mer-r-rii-ca, A-mer-r-rii-ca. America, F*** yea!!!

Charlie Bannister 3 years, 5 months ago

If we have a legitimate interest then we should get involved, but that does not include places like Libya. We are broke people. That fact pretty much makes our decision for us in my view.

looza 3 years, 5 months ago

Total Domination! Look at my hands.

Mary Darst 3 years, 5 months ago

and is there blue algi in Big Hill Lake?

ferrislives 3 years, 5 months ago

I wouldn't say a cop as much as I'd say a hall monitor. No one likes a hall monitor!

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

Heavily armed and poorly trained hall monitors.

ferrislives 3 years, 5 months ago

Then don't bother calling them when you're getting robbed. They can serve and protect others who don't like to stereotype an entire group of people. You can just bend over for your robber. See how nice things can work when you dog on all the Po-Po?

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

I personally don't rely on 'calling the cops.' I don't call 911 as I like to avoid trouble. You may be prepared to bend over, but I have other plans. I'm not doggin' on anyone; only spreading the truth. The truth hurts, don't it Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? Boot licker?

ferrislives 3 years, 5 months ago

Wow, that was very original. And if you don't want to call the cops if you are in trouble because you want to "avoid trouble", that's very telling about what you do in your spare time...besides constantly posting to the LJWorld and dogging and the Po-po.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

In Bueller's world, truth = doggin'. Hey Ferris, my opinion is worth exactly what you paid for it. All we have is time, and it's now time to move on. See ya round, kid.

ruff, ruff. Time to dog on the po-po and 'just us' system once again.

http://tinyurl.com/4xklg9j

grammaddy 3 years, 5 months ago

That would be a big fat negatory, ghostwriter.We need to spend more time minding our own business.Minding everyone else's costs toooo much.

Mary Darst 3 years, 5 months ago

No. Although if someone wants us to help them, I am better with it. We would be better off by spending more time on our own problems. Working on keeping our OWN freedoms would be nice.

Peacemaker452 3 years, 5 months ago

"[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom."

John Quincy Adams

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation."

John Adams

"…if the American People only understood the rank injustice of our money and the banking system, there would be a revolution before morning. "

Andrew Jackson

geekin_topekan 3 years, 5 months ago

Michel Bachmann thinks blacks were better off in slavery? Except, they were not raised by their parents. If you read their narratives, most were removed from their mothers. You see, they were livestock, not humans. They were manged as livestock and their breeding programs and rearing practices were designed so as they would never develop a sense of "family".

Back on topic--No. Especially if we burn our creditors by not raising the debt ceiling.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 5 months ago

geek just makes stuff up fit his narrative?

geekin_topekan 3 years, 5 months ago

As I said, "Read" the slave narratives.

I see where I may have lost you.

geekin_topekan 3 years, 5 months ago

Klaatu barada nikto-Trans.-- Ya'll stop this craziness! Or at least keep it on your own side of the fence.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

So, I take it you and your family are enlisted in the military then?

Mary Darst 3 years, 5 months ago

Well, could you find out. Yes, algae, I knew that, it is just early.

Pastor_Bedtime 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm still waiting for a thank-you note from Pakistan and all the other recepients of our hard-earned tax dollars.

Pastor_Bedtime 3 years, 5 months ago

And we got the bonus treat of having them keep Bin Laden all safe and sound all those years. What a great ally to bolster.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

Watchdog Says U.S. Aid Money in Afganistan May Be Fueling Insurgency

"The United States has spent more than $70 billion on security assistance and development projects in Afghanistan since 2002...the report says much of that money may be misspent, embezzled, or passed into the hands of the country’s militants."

http://tinyurl.com/3vwjgos

Pastor_Bedtime 3 years, 5 months ago

Since everything is on the table these days it's time for the entire foreign aid program to be revisited. How much of our hard work should we divert to those who will more often than not resent the US anyway? Unless there's a tangible benefit to us all, end the aid now and let them sink or swim on their own.

jayhawklawrence 3 years, 5 months ago

It is becoming questionable whether we can even govern ourselves anymore. Any rational person should realize that we are not competent to handle the affairs of other nations even though we are constantly involved where we should not be.

In light of the recent news about the new Republican Party litmus tests and the pressure they bring to bear on their members if they walk outside of the lines we also have the problem of the new radical conservatives believing that anyone who professes to be committed to their morality guidelines is qualified to hold political office.

jayhawklawrence 3 years, 5 months ago

Our government cannot handle money and all of these foreign excursions cost far too much money. There is not enough money on the planet to finance our foreign policy goals.

The American people deserve an apology for all the stupid decisions made by politicians and we are never going to get it.

What we are seeing now over the debt crisis is an embarrassment. How do we get rid of these people?

50YearResident 3 years, 5 months ago

NO,NO,NO, thats what the UN is for! Bring our troups home and let the other Nations be their own police force.

Frightwig 3 years, 5 months ago

For all of you who answered "no", were you content that the US sat back and watched the Rwanda genocide? Would you prefer not to get involved if North Korea attacks the citizens of South Korea? I understand the desire to take care of our own country first, but sometimes we see horrific world events that require policing.

labmonkey 3 years, 5 months ago

I had an ex-girlfriend who thought his death was a tragedy. I pretty much made the same argument and was yelled at. How f'ed up will his little grandson be? History should look at this guy as a selfish prick instead of a great writer.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

IF he could have legal access to the services of Jack Kevorkian it could have saved a lot of heart ache and pain on the rest.

Frightwig 3 years, 5 months ago

Waiting until his six-year-old grandson was out of the house would have worked, too.

tbaker 3 years, 5 months ago

The US is not, never has been, and never will be the police force of the world. World policeman is a catchy saying, but it is a completely ignorant expression. Country's always act in their self-interest. The one's who cannot act in their own interest get acted upon by the country's who can. The US is no exception. People that don't understand this concept mistake the US acting in it's own interest as the US being a world policeman. Don't get me wrong, we do a poor job of acting in our interests most of the time, but we're still better at than the organization who is supposed to be the world policeman (the UN).

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

Most of the time "We" act in the interest of corporations.

Smedly Butler: War is a Racket

http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html

jayhawklawrence 3 years, 5 months ago

Great point and the first thing I was taught in International Relations 101.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

H. E. Double-tooth-picks No. Nope. Uh-uh. Non. Nee. Naw. Nah. No way.

The world doesn't need a police force.

50YearResident 3 years, 5 months ago

They did their job well according to your poems.

some_random_person 3 years, 5 months ago

I think America should play a role, but not carry the full burden as it has in the last 60 yrs. I wish some other nations would step up to the plate in a bigger capacity and I wish we would be more harsh on nations like Iran, Pakistan (who just takes our money with a big smile while they stab us in the back), and North Korea. But make no mistake about it, the world DOES need someone to police the crazy/evil dictators. You can't think that the US can just stay in it's own little corner for all time. WIth todays technology, an event or nuke explosion on the other side of the earth would have an impact on the US. We can't expose ourselves to that risk, we MUST combat the evil both domestic & foreign. However, my wish is that some other nations in Europe and Asia would take on a bigger role in policing the world, not just leave it as a US burden....

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

I think, when the USA spends more money on military and defense than the rest of the world combined, it's kind of expected from us. It shouldn't be that way, but it is. And will remain so until we get control of our country back from the oligarchs.

http://tinyurl.com/ybt4ok5

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 5 months ago

The American Sucker (a high drama nugget of truth)

http://tinyurl.com/3tvt9qf

"…if the American People only understood the rank injustice of our money and the banking system, there would be a revolution before morning. "

Deja Coffin 3 years, 5 months ago

Boo OTS! I love reading the responses on here because usually they are quite funny and sometimes a little out there but not today. Everyone's too serious and I think it's giving me a headache. Bring back the less loaded OTS questions like, "Do you enjoy eating Spam?

RoeDapple 3 years, 5 months ago

"Should the United States be the global police force of the world?"

Just the ones whose resources we intend to take.

ferrislives 3 years, 5 months ago

"Should the United States be the global police force of the world?" Nope! That was easy.

Deja Coffin 3 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like something I would have enjoyed when I was pregnant..... or something Waka1 would enjoy when he gets the munchies!

Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 months ago

Global Police sponsored by our tax dollars,our soldiers lives and without voter approval.

The management team (with a bit of dictator mentality attached):

Elliott Abrams / Gary Bauer / William J. Bennett / Jeb Bush /

Dick Cheney / Eliot A. Cohen / Midge Decter / Paula Dobriansky / Steve Forbes /

Aaron Friedberg / Francis Fukuyama / Frank Gaffney / Fred C. Ikle /

Donald Kagan / Zalmay Khalilzad / I. Lewis Libby / Norman Podhoretz /

Dan Quayle / Peter W. Rodman / Stephen P. Rosen / Henry S. Rowen /

Donald Rumsfeld / Vin Weber / George Weigel / Paul Wolfowitz /

Behind the scene:

Newt Gingrich / George Herbert Walker Bush / James Baker / Vice Adm John Poindexter

scott3460 3 years, 5 months ago

Of course not, but we will just as long as the military/industrial complex demands we feed their balance sheets with taxpayer funds and the blood of our desperate young welfare recipients. The flag, "American exceptionalism" or some such nonsense emanating from the criminal Faux "News" channel 24/7 will see to it.

Deja Coffin 3 years, 5 months ago

R_I I told you I was married!! :-) I'm currently baking and working on a wedding cake for this weekend. (My 1st wedding cake ever, wish me luck!) But after that I would gladly bake a few for ya!

Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 months ago

Elliott Abrams / Gary Bauer / William J. Bennett / Jeb Bush /

Dick Cheney / Eliot A. Cohen / Midge Decter / Paula Dobriansky / Steve Forbes /

Aaron Friedberg / Francis Fukuyama / Frank Gaffney / Fred C. Ikle /

Donald Kagan / Zalmay Khalilzad / I. Lewis Libby / Norman Podhoretz /

Dan Quayle / Peter W. Rodman / Stephen P. Rosen / Henry S. Rowen /

Donald Rumsfeld / Vin Weber / George Weigel / Paul Wolfowitz /

Behind the scene:

Newt Gingrich / George Herbert Walker Bush / James Baker / Vice Adm John Poindexter

* The above also brought USA citizens this bit of activity:

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

  2. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion) http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  3. Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  4. Bush and Henry Paulson blew the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

And that tax cuts do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs.

  1. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

Mel Briscoe 3 years, 5 months ago

er......... no. who thinks up these questions?

fastwalker 3 years, 5 months ago

what a loaded and inherently biased question. the real question is: what would the world look like if the US ceased to be involved in problem areas around the globe? grim indeed.

Joe Hyde 3 years, 5 months ago

A more accurate question would have been: "Should the United States stop being the global police force for the world?"

whats_going_on 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm sorry, LJW, but this is a really stupid question.

gphawk89 3 years, 5 months ago

NO. Maybe 40-50 years ago when we could afford to, but not now.

Alceste 3 years, 5 months ago

Since we're so education friendly here in Rivercity....let's use a teaching metaphor!:

The U.S.A. is simply the world's largest substitute teacher and that's how the rest of the world treats the U.S.A.....as a substitute teacher is treated by errant students having "fun".

Alceste says it's time that the U.S.A. let other idiots be the world's largest substitue teacher (be it the French; the Germans; The British; the Chinese; the Indians; whoever.....doesn't matter) so that, for once, the U.S.A. can be the "errant student" in the back of the class room, shooting spit wads at the substitute teacher of the day whenever we feel like it. We've got a good supply of spit-wads we've been amassing for years and years.....Let's have some fun for a change.....

Chris Golledge 3 years, 5 months ago

Here is a novel idea, why don't we start balancing the budget by reducing our military industrial-complex. Oh wait, it isn't novel, Eisenhower said it in 1961

"we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex."

I heard he was the last Republican to ever say anything like that, but I can't say if that is the case for sure.

Necessary, but I'm not sure that our citizens have been knowledgeable enough to keep it in check.

50YearResident 3 years, 5 months ago

Not only should the United States not be the police force of the world, we should not be the food supplier of the world. God allows starvation to control the populations of poor nations. Let him do his work.

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