...so who the hell elected us God then? We can't let it be left to fascistic dictators...as we turn America into a fascist state. We are not Syrian, we have not proper say in their government. End of story. Before running around playing god of the world, I think that we should take care of our own house.
You want to know the truth? Both parties elected us God, or at least the sole superpower charged with maintaining world order. That's important.
We have a higher military budget than the next 10 countries combined. We don't need it, but neither party is willing to cut it back to a reasonable level, 'cause everyone loves being the strongest nation in the world.
But despite our enormous military, it wouldn't do us citizens a lick of good if a country decided to send a nuke our way. We have no missile defense and couldn't scramble a jet in time if we wanted to. We'd be dead, all we could hope for is to kill a bunch of them with us. So what good is our military? They'll say it's as a deterrent, to keep other countries from exerting their influence over parts of the world, and to deter our enemies from launching a war with us.
But the fact that we have such a huge military means that our allies don't need one themselves, nor do we want them to. That means that even if they wanted
to step into to a conflict in their neighborhood, like Syria, that they wouldn't
have the means to.
For better or worse, we have told the world not to arm themselves, because we've got it. Then a situation like Syria comes along and the whole country says we should stay out of it. But we refuse to cut back our military and make others pick up the slack
, 'cause then we wouldn't be as powerful.
That's just a selfish, arrogant attitude. I'll abdicate our country's responsibility in these matters once we've give up some of our power, but then everyone will have to accept the risks of not always being the biggest kid on the playground.
You can't have it both ways.