I suppose this is Part 2 of my recent column on our military involvement around the globe. As I hear more and more about security on our borders, and children coming across that border by the thousands, the gears in my mind start turning.
Add to that the fact that we are losing brave Americans to injury and death fighting in nations where they have no “rules of engagement” and in reality, depending on which way the wind is blowing, don’t even want us there, and you have the answer to our border dilemma.
Let’s bring our troops home. Once they are home we begin defending OUR country as I know we can. We start by stationing our soldiers along our borders.
While nothing is perfect, the presence of both our highly trained military and the border patrol would make the chances of illegals crossing into America a virtual impossibility; or at least an improbability.
Of course we need to maintain well-prepared armed forces for our own defense and if we are attacked either in our embassies or on our shores we stand ready and able to defend ourselves as the most powerful nation on the globe. But we worry about US and not defending every tinhorn dictator in third world nations around the globe.
As I said, the citizens of those nations (and leaders) depending on their collective mood, would just as soon spit on us as see us fighting their battles anyway.
Call my idea short-sighted or naïve but that’s how I feel. This is a different world with different relationships than we’ve enjoyed with friends and allies in the past. This really is “every man (or nation) for himself.”
Isolationism isn’t an original philosophy but it seems to be very practical today. We save American lives from being lost fighting on foreign soil and secure our borders, and over time reduce our illegal immigrant issue. Oh and we save money (our tax dollars) in the process.
Maybe my vision of world politics and relationships is a bit jaded, but I’m sick of seeing our young men and women injured or killed for unappreciative nations that have been unstable for centuries and will continue to be when we leave. Yes, it is a strange new world!
Mike Scinto is a 37 year veteran talk show host serving locally, statewide and nationally behind the microphone. “Friend” Mike at www.facebook.com/mikescintoshow or visit http://mikescintocolumns.blogspot.com.