The trick being that while that the nature of the international arena makes it that there are no eternal allies or enemies and while America's focus is on its own democracy and not the rest of the world, US values and interests - to some degree - are best secured when the US has allies to assist in its defense. The price of that being the willingness and ability of the US to protect the interests of those allies without going to the point where it exceeds US interests. Americans have a bad habit of seeing the world in black or white, good or evil. There are such alternatives, but they play out in a context of nuance and ambiguity. If the US asserts that it only defends democracies, then South Korea in 1953 - then a dictatorship - falls to North Korea and US interests in the Far East suffer. If the US says it only goes to war where it is directly threatened, the US will find it has no allies to assist itself. The game is far more nuanced and complex than the stark alternatives suggest. The US becomes the world's global policemen then to the extent that doing so assures the US is able to preserve a system of trade and alliances that supports its own narrow interests. Those trade-offs being almost case-by-case and not always as easy to define as the simple slogan "world's policeman" suggests.
Tell me how much respect you would have for a thief who broke into your house to steal your belongings and assault your family!
@Dchrls78104 Yeah, not sure what your getting at but if your suggesting America is the theif for spending billions of dollars on other peoples countries, sending their people to fight and die and protect other peoples nations, then I'm sorry but your not living in reality. I realize that the propaganda says we are the evil bad guy as we are literally europes military (germany doesn't have one (at least not one that could even fight (they had to re train all their helicopter pilots not to long ago because it turned out none of them actually knew how to fly (because they rely on the US to do everything for them (then like you accuse us of being evil pieces of shit (but do keep funneling money to you right?). But again, this is why we need to leave, every other nation needs to learn to fend for itself and we need to use our resources far more wisely (like paying off our debt (which we could do very quickly if we were not paying other nations bills).
You've pretty much summed up Vladimir Lenin's theory of imperialism. The American ruling class doesn't engage in imperialism because they are evil and whatnot. They engage in it because it is necessary for the continuing growth of the US economy, and growth is the prime indicator of a healthy capitalist economy.
@MeatPuppet I summed up Lenin's theory? I did not realize that.
@MeatPuppet Attributing the American motive and goal to Lenin is a bit odd, don’t you think?
Lenin made observations that are still very much relevant today. Lenin's observations and theoretical contributions weren't his goals but they were, of course, relevant to his goals. One must understand his enemy and capitalist imperialism was one of the things that Lenin spent a great deal of his life struggling against. And that's the thing with Marxist theory. Many people well into the 21st Century make observations and point things out that Marx, Engels, and Lenin did more or less a century ago completely independently, without any prior knowledge of said theory.
@Cccgala Well from what you've said, I get a very broad description of it, yeah. Lenin wrote a whole book about it, even.
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Example of the Mladic 2.0 thingy: ISIL. Note that Iraq was basically driven back to Fallujah when the coalition started to bomb. There was no case of “country taking care of themselves”
The government at least is like that, not necessarily the people.
@englundUberAlles exactly. Desk duties or suspension (indefinite!) for that kind of cop!
Well said. Get out of Venezuela and the Caribbean, Yankees! Go home! You are not wanted here!
Like the Venezuelans?
Correct. And that's why they should leave Maduro and the Venezuelans alone.
@Dchrls78104 They should leave everybody else alone.
@j2jebeb thank you
You're welcome ☺️☺️
Their is a difference between protecting and policing. virtually all the wars in recent times weren't to protect countries, but to police countries we don't like so the MIC could earn their profits.