Skip to comments.Pat Buchanan: Overextended U.S. Empire Is Coming Down (video)
Posted on 07/06/2011 6:16:22 AM PDT by i88schwartz
"The United States is strategically overextended worldwide. What are we doing borrowing money from Japan to defend Japan. Borrow money from Europe to defend Europe. Borrow money from the Persian Gulf to defend the Persian Gulf. This country is over extended. It is an empire and the empire is coming down," Pat NuBuchanan said on "Morning Joe" today.
"Well you're not going to get the revenue, so you might as well end the war," he added.
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Sometimes even Pat Buchanon is right.
Should we leave Japan? Hell no!
The EU can defend themselves or get divided up between Russia and the Caliphate.
I think we could do all the defending of Japan and SK we need to do from Guam.
Buchanan continually overstates the extent of our foreign involvement. It is much less than it was before the break-up of the Soviet Union. It’s also a stretch to state that we are “defending” Japan and Europe, although I am sure that there are some unneeded bases that could be closed. If we really had an “empire,” we would be paying a lot less for our oil.
It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I studied Julius Caesar’s campaigns, but, if I remember correctly, getting too far past your supply lines will do you in.
Our supply lines are now miles behind us...drying up.
When he said all this stuff during the Bush admin we all hated him. He’s looking smarter everyday. Ron Paul is still a goof though.
Blame B O on this Bush and Obama ,Idiots.
“Our supply lines are now miles behind us...drying up.
And the biggest drying up is in our money. No money is denied to the world as we continue to bail out everywhere with troops, treasuries and jobs while we debate how much money we can save by firing teachers, laying off police and firemen, ignoring pot holes and bridges near collapse.
Pat is right on here. We have a huge worldwide presence that subsidizes the defense budgets of our allies, while we have a porous border right here at home.
The US is in the same position that spelled the end of other empires. We can no longer afford it. The choice will be between guns and butter and butter wins every time. The UK went thru a similar retrenchment with its “No troops East of Suez” strategy. The European welfare state has drastically reduced expenditures on defense. The same will happen here. America’s days as a global power capable of projecting force around the world are numbered.
We are looking a lot like Great Britain after WW1; a lot of debt with enormous overseas interests to defend. Now too, we have an upstart looming over the horizon, but this time they don’t share our values and don’t speak English.
South Korea has the 5th largest GDP in the world. They are more than capable of defending themselves. We need to bring those 30,000 troops home and save some money.
What is the point of defending other countries and spending hundreds of billions abroad when our southern border is completely wide open and we got 20 million illegals in this country who are already destroying this country from the inside?
Mexicans have killed more Americans than Al Qaeda, and the wars Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
In my area, not a day goes by without somebody getting shot or stabbed by a Mexican.
And our own president caves to the Mexicans at every turn when they spit on our laws and sovereignty.
If I were a foreign country, I wouldn’t want American protection.
If the US can’t even protect its own borders, how is it supposed to protect anybody else?
After Hussein attacked Libya, most Americans began to agree that Pat had a point about stupid foreign wars that serve no purpose.
If we were an empire, as Buchanan falsely claims, most, or all, of the planet’s surface would be American territory.
But, in fact, even though we have kicked virtually every tyrant’s heinie for the last hundred years, and for long periods possessed overwhelming military superiority over anyone else, we have not taken that territory as our own.
When he says this, he slanders the United States of America and the American people.
No one is claiming it is a smart and well run empire.