SpiffCoug wrote:So you're an isolationist who thinks the government oppresses and robs its citizenry. What a depressing world view.
I wouldn't classify JV as an isolationist. I don't think he is saying withdraw from foreign affairs completely, as an isolationist would. I think there is a lot of merit to his arguments that our Middle Eastern actions, specifically the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have brought more heat on us by Jihadists. I had my doubts about those interventions in the first place. However, I do not believe that the attention of Jihadists is only as a result of those wars, though I have no doubt that, because of our geographic isolationism, if we packed up and stayed out of the Middle East, we would not have the same attention from extremists.
However, I don't think that completely solves the problem. As long as the U.S. supports Israel through foreign military sales and otherwise, we will have extremist attention to some degree or other. So, I guess my question is, do you, JV, think as part of the withdrawal from Middle Eastern affairs the U.S. should abandon any involvement with Israel? Or to what extent should the U.S., if any, be involved with Israel?
I don't think you are isolationist. I think what you are saying is that we should not meddle in other countries affairs, but trade with other countries is fine. But, I don't want to speak for you.
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