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    Tuesday, July 31, 2007

    US Should Concentrate on Being Strong, Not on Projecting Power

    I've been mulling over this matter for a few days and finally decided to write my thoughts down as they have not changed significantly.

    It occurs to me that the government of these United States is spending a lot of money to project our power overseas. We are in Iraq and Afghanistan for the long haul. I don't think we should pull out anytime soon, either. When we invaded them, we took responsibility for their populations, and that's all there is to it.

    Now we're talking about invading Iran as well -- another long-term financial obligation that we simply cannot afford. There is the looming specter of the Taiwan-China crisis as well.

    We appear strong now, and we are. However, our constant projection of that power has taken a toll. Our resources are more tapped out than most people realize. Simply put, we lack staying power. As far as I can tell, we have to borrow money to finance our current military operations and our government in general.

    Foreign countries own so much of our national debt that serious damage could be done to our economy almost over night should China, for example, divest itself of its dollar holdings.

    We need to find a way to generate more real wealth in this country. We need to revive our manufacturing, and most definitely do something about our tax structure that acts punitively against businesses and individuals alike. And we definitely need to stop this constant protection of our power so it is not diluted when we need it the most.

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