Should the  United States act as the "world's policeman" ? What is your view?Should the  United States act as the "world's policeman" ? What is your view?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I don't think we really have a choice in the matter anymore. We face crippling debt from two long unfunded wars, our military has been placed under severe strain by the same conflicts, and many people say the American empire in the 20th century sense is in decline. We are currently spending almost $800 billion per year for the defense and war budgets, which is fundamentally unsustainable. So it may well be time for either the world community to play a larger role in their collective defense, or for another country to fill the power vacuum left by a retrenched United States.
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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No.  We do not have the resources and we do not really have the capability of knowing the things the "world's policeman" should know.

The US simply does not have enough money to go off and solve all the world's problems.  We have a huge deficit and interventions cost a lot of money.

Furthermore, we are not gods who always know how and when to intervene.  There are many disputes in the world that are too complicated for us to understand and to judge properly.  Also, many of these disputes are not really helped by having outside powers try to solve them.

The world is too big and too complicated for us to act as its policeman.  Doing so will bankrupt us and make us hated as we make what various people see as mistakes when we try to solve others' problems.

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