Americans prefer to mind our own business, but Washington wants to intervene

By Bonnie Kristian

Nearly six in 10 Americans say the United States should “deal with its own problems and let other countries deal with their own problems as best they can,” found a recent Pew poll, but Washington seems determined to do exactly the opposite.

There are already more than 150,000 American troops stationed outside U.S. borders, hosted on some 800 bases in about 70 countries—not counting unknown thousands more in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and other war zones like Yemen. And still Congress and the Obama Administration are preparing to deploy even more American soldiers abroad, apparently to all corners of the earth.

If that sounds like an exaggeration, I assure you it is not.

Right now, our government is mulling an expansion of military presence in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa, and Eastern Europe—literally almost every continent on earth besides our own.

Of course, Washington hardly markets its endless plans for intervention as a package deal. We are never presented with some grand military strategy which would be easy to examine for its practicality and wisdom (or, more likely, lack thereof). Instead, we hear about these projects piecemeal: a hundred troops here, a thousand there, another hundred to some place you’ve never heard of.

And while a single deployment may sound quite innocuous, it all adds up to a precarious situation indeed. Attempting to police nearly every region on the planet leaves our military stretched thin and our treasury overdrawn by trillions. Rather than dealing with our own problems as most Americans prefer, we have taken on the troubles of the world, making in the process a promise we cannot afford to keep.

This piece was originally published by The Daily Caller on May 12, 2016. To read this article in its entirety, click HERE. 

Bonnie Kristian is a fellow at Defense Priorities. She is a contributing writer at The Week and a columnist at Rare, and her writing has also appeared at Time Magazine, Relevant Magazine and The American Conservative, among other outlets.

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