There. I rearranged for better clarity! The thousands of offensive missiles are a threat. Mutually Assured Destruction is a threat.
And some argue that a completely effective missile defense shield is also in effect a threat because it makes the enemy vulnerable to a first strike without being able to retaliate. It shifts the balance of MAD.
Yes. I would hope we can develop both defensive and offesive capabilities that are staged closer to home, yet highly effective on a global basis. The idea being a light footprint out there, with keen eyes everywhere. Munz is on the right track insofar as a presence is desirable. IMO that presence should be predominantly diplomatic as opposed to military. We’re not far from being able to strike on an exceedingly quick, effective basis over tremendous distances. I do not think our forefathers, or Ron Paul, would have any problem with that.
Staging troops and materiel all over the world? If anything, that notion deserves constant analysis for two reasons: It is expensive, and it has a tendency to rub certain peoples the wrong way. There truly is no harm in recognizing and strategically addressing the manifest differences between the West and other peoples.
Best to you both!