What I don’t understand about peoples like Americans, Britians, French, Russians, et cetera:
Why must there be a hegemony?
Why must one nation “take on the burden” of being responsible for the whole world?
The Roman Empire, The French Empire, The British Empire, all spent themselves into oblivion.
It doesn’t pay to have more than a million troops all around the world in hundreds of military installations.
Why must the United States be responsible for the security of Japan? Why can’t the Japanese (With such a large economy) provide for their own defense?
The United States has the largest military presence in the Europe. Why?
Why aren’t the British, French, Polish, Italians, Spanish and Germans (whom have fielded millions of men in centuries past) able to provide for their own defense?
For goodness sake, Turkey has the largest military of all European Union member states.
I say that it would be in best interests of all countries involved, if the United States weaned all of those under it’s current defense shield, off of United States Dependence.
America’s Southeast Asian and European Allies are more than capable of providing for their own defense. No need spend billions of U.S. tax payer money on what those countries have more than adequate resources for.
America should disassemble it’s bases in Europe and Southeast Asia and focus it’s efforts on stabilizing Iraq and Afghanistan until they too can fend for themselves.
The military arrangements of NATO and other alliances are too lopsided in that the United States has to provide for most of the Funding and troops.
I say spread the responsibility, not centralize it.