The questions were proposed in an attempt to stimulate a debate on our foreign policy objectives. Not to answer the questions one by one.
For example. Our defense spending and government spending in general has always benefitted a few like Boeing and the expense of competitors, The big three are a good example and Harley Davidson. So defense spending is anti competitive and anti free market. Therefore being a superpower promotes concentration of wealth and economic dislocation.
Our defense posture is necessary to protect us investment abroad. Yet very few own investments abroad and once again those that do are large corporations and very wealthy groups of people. So we tax the middle class and working class to pay for police protection of overseas assets. Those workers paying taxes make it safe for their employers to shift assets overseas without normal associated risk.
Our military is contemplated as defensive yet we often act offensively. What are we defending beyond our borders, not the interest of working people or inner city youth but the established interest of the wealthy.
It is therefore not a national defense policy it is and international offense policy.
America has not successfully engaged the world since the fall of Emperor Hirohito. Korea is a failure, as was viet nam, as has been the end of the cold war and the war on terror.
We have zero record of defeating communism as China is becoming the economic superpower of the world. Europeans like Russian policy better than the US.
So should we rescind the war powers act to make war more difficult and costly?
Should we withdraw from the rest of the world and bring our troops home.
or should we make up reasons to fight all over the globe.
If we fight who benefits? Do we benefit? or do the wealthy elite that promote war benefit.
where should we be and why? we have been critical of going to the Middle east and now we are critical of leaving.
If we need to be overseas what is it for, what is defined as success, and what needs to happen for us to leave.
If we leave what will happen. Will Iran or China or Russia take over and what if they do? how does a stronger China impact Joe the Plumber?