President Obama’s recent request for military intervention in Syria brought a curious response from a number of Republicans. Apparently some now feel that America should not be the world’s policeman.
And while I imagine many would have agreed with this statement long before Barack Obama became president, the reality is that the U.S. has military personnel in 148 countries and accounts for around 40 percent of the world’s military spending – three times as much as the next country on the list and slightly more than the next nine countries combined.
Additionally the U.S. has around 700 foreign military bases which dwarfs the rest of the world combined.
The Republican position on this military spending and proliferation has been clear – not only is the money a good use of tax dollars but we are actually under-spending.
If you spend like you expect to be the world police and if you establish bases around the globe like the world police, then – like it or not – you are the world police.
We also have a history of attempting to spread democracy, imposing our views about human rights, and combating terrorism across the world.
While an attack on Syria seems to have been averted for the time being, the concern from the Right lamenting our role as world policemen, while simultaneously advocating for more military might and influence, is completely disingenuous.