Recently during the beginning of our foreign policy unit we watched a film called The World Without US, a film describing the impact American military protection has on foreign countries. The narrator was searching for an answer to his question- is the United States sticking its nose in places it does not belong, or is America truly helping the foreign countries? I do not think there is a concrete answer to this question, and that it is up to the president of the United States to decide what is the right decision for America. Most of the people interviewed believed the United States should have intervened in Bosnia before the conflict got out of hand, and blamed the resulting deaths on America. This is only one of the foreign conflicts discussed, but it highlighted the power America’s military has. However, despite the fact that the US military can help stop wars, some of the foreigners believed America should mind their own business unless called upon. America has thousands of troops all around the world in countries that are currently at peace, so some people question their reason for being there, and claim constant military presence can cause a country, especially a small one, to feel helpless and not in control of their own affairs.
The narrator considers what would happen should America decide to bring all of their troops back home. It seems like a smart decision for America, because we would not need to spend as much money on our military and could instead use the money to better our economy or lower taxes. Japan is a good example of a country who is using their money and resources to build their economy instead of spending on military. It is now the second largest developed economy in the world. That all sounds beneficial to America, but there are other people to consider before making the decision to abandon all other countries. Many of the small countries without advanced militaries would be swallowed up by their larger surrounding neighbors. I do not think America should pull out of all other countries entirely, however I do think the benefits of cutting down on military spending should be considered. The United States has been in debt for many years, and choosing to spend money on domestic affairs rather than overseas protection could be a possible solution.