The Economic Case:
Look, the United States is in no financial position to send military aid to anyone. Our country has just tipped over the 100% debt-to-GDP ratio. Empirically, states have crippled after the 120% mark. We’re not far. We’re not far from becoming the very next Greece.
So the suggestion would be one of the following to support a war in Central Africa: (i) accelerate the problems of the sovereign debt crisis and our bursting bond bubble, (ii) destroy the American economy by drastically altering our fiscal policies (to compensate for the expense) or (iii) raise taxes with no budget cuts and, again, putting our economy into a further slump. In all of these scenarios, the monetization of debt is still required.
The State-of-Our-Military Case:
So we’re still fighting an unnecessary war in Afghanistan. How much is this costing us? A lot. We’re not truly out of Iraq. This is also costing us too much. And we’re bombing other countries still.
But wait! We’re now on the verge of going to war with Iran! We’ve imposed tough economic sanctions and have their borders surrounded with military bases. So, two full-out wars, a quasi-war, and on the verge of a third full-out war. Our hands are full. Can we really afford, militarily of fiscally, to engage in a fourth war?
The Blowback Case:
Isn’t this self explanatory? Every time we intervene anywhere, we make the entire world a less safe place. Let’s think back: we overthrew a leader in Iran in the 1950’s to “protect the global economy from a socialist”. Later, this man killed his people, thus inciting riots against him. This brought on the Ayatollah. He oppressed his people. So Iran was in turmoil.
How did we handle that? We funded Saddam Hussein and prepared him to go to war with Iran. So we firmed-up a dictator to fight a dictator in a distressed country that just overthrew the dictator we established. Charming. And this killed many people, and angered people like Osama Bin Laden and other radicals. Our intervention brought about hatred that eventually brought two attacks to our soil, killed millions of people, displaced millions more, and ripped apart countries.
That’s just one quick example. What about how sanctions have always left poor people and children starving? Or how the funding of the Mujahideen created Bin Laden? Or how the Treaty of Versailles created Hitler? The case against interventionism is a heavy one, backed with history of blowback. It’s not in the best interest of the United States, nor the world, for it to become involved in a 25-year old war. We’re just going to end up hurting the people in the region more, creating more radical groups, and causing more death.
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