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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dangerous Isolationism

George Washington said "Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all." Thomas Jefferson said  "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations-entangling alliances with none."

These may have been wise words when the country was young, but that was a different time. Washington and Jefferson wrote with quill pens and wore frilly shirts and powdered wigs. And they also owned slaves. So of course we can ignore anything else they have to say about the dangers of meddling in foreign wars.

Sure, Washington was one of history's greatest military leaders and Jefferson one of history's greatest political philosophers. But can either of them compare to Obama? Obama is a Harvard-educated lawyer. And Obama wrote 2 whole books. All Jefferson wrote was some silly letter called the Declaration of Independence.

The US has made war on 50 countries since 1945 and 70 since 1776. Not bad, but Britain has invaded almost 200 countries. That's why they are the richest and most powerful country in the world today. So we have a lot of catching up to do. Compare that to Switzerland; they've gone 200 years without a war and now they're impoverished and constantly being attacked by terrorists.

Because of our wise wars of prevention, America doesn't have to spend as much money on the military as other countries. And all the countries we made war on became prosperous and free afterwards- just look at Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan for example.

Every war the US fought was turned out swell. Take World War I: if the US hadn't gotten involved, American businessmen who lent to Britain and France would have lost a ton of money. It sure was worth the deaths of 117,000 Americans to prevent that from happening. And even though the exhausted Germans were forced into a humiliating defeat, Germany quickly recovered with no desire for revenge at all.

Dangerous isolationists warn that the US should withdraw from the world. Why? If anything, we should be fighting more wars. We have plenty of money and the military knows exactly how to quickly defeat guerrilla fighters.

The record of history is clear: nations like the Mongols and Huns that constantly go to war always end up wealthy and respected. So come on, America, bombs away!

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