This entry was inspired by this article which popped up somewhere in my web browsing.
Some folks are excited because this helps Rand Paul’s bona fides as being “pro-Israel”. I’m excited because it means less of my money going to fund wars in which I have no interest.
We shouldn’t be giving aid to Israel, we shouldn’t be giving aid to Egypt, we shouldn’t be sending troops to any northern African nations, we shouldn’t still have troops in Afghanistan or Iraq. Our country is going broke at an alarming rate.
Where do we come up with the cash to try to send airplanes (awesome airplanes nonetheless) to Egypt? If this is in any budget as discretionary spending, that budget needs to be slashed and burned. Current US debt per taxpayer is over $150,000. Some might say it’s a drop in the bucket to send some jets to Egypt. That’s part of how we got into this mess, “oh, we can afford a little more spending here. It’s not that big in relation to everything else.”
Some would argue that we have an obligation to help our allies. I’ll have to disagree. You and yours are more than welcome to donate money to Egypt and Israel for their national defense or for any other method you deem appropriate. Israel and Egypt have GDPs that are more than adequate to pay for any defensive tools they deem appropriate. They do not need subsidized defense from Americans.
Do not steal my hard earned money to aggress upon others. We don’t have a dog in these fights as I’m sure some are going to point out. Our country needs to stop playing world police and stop bringing force upon those who have brought no force to bear on us. When someone does attempt to aggress on America and our citizens, we should respond with overwhelming force, but we need to stop getting involved in fights that aren’t ours.
We need to close down most of our bases that aren’t on American soil. Logistically this could create some headaches, but only if we’re playing world police. Other nations need to spend their own money on their defenses, instead of relying on Americans to pay to protect them.
Before someone tries to paint me as anti-military, please note that I haven’t knocked a single person in this post nor do I intend to. I thank those of you that have served for your service, and appreciate your sacrifice for our country. I just don’t like some of what you’re ordered to do by politicians who couldn’t get through basic training if their lives depended on it.
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