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Why is the U.S. the "police of the world"?

Other countries are like "Ho-hum, yeah Muslims... whatever". We feel the need to dart around the world fighting "insurgents" wherever they pop-up, like some expensive video game.

by Anonymousreply 1703/25/2013

The military and their hardware manufacturers are a huge corporate welfare project and need to have an enemy to justify their budgets.

by Anonymousreply 103/24/2013

OP, you are a retard. The U.S. only goes and fight for justice in countries where there is oil and something to be gained. What you just written in the OP is basically an excuse that they use.

by Anonymousreply 203/24/2013

'Cause they bought most of the weapons.

by Anonymousreply 303/24/2013

We're the noble Supercountry fighting for truth, justice, and the American Way.

by Anonymousreply 403/24/2013

To maintain US hegemony.

by Anonymousreply 503/24/2013

[quote]The U.S. only goes and fight for justice in countries where there is oil and something to be gained

Right, like Bosnia, which is positively gushing with oil and other valuable resources. Or Libya, which IS full of oil, but which benefited French and Italian companies. Or Haiti, the most valuable nation in the world.

by Anonymousreply 603/24/2013

When did we go to war in Haiti? WWI?

by Anonymousreply 703/24/2013

The U.S. occupied Haiti in 1915. The U.S. Marine Corps returned to Haiti after the earthquake to distribute aid. You know, so we could get all that wonderful oil there.

by Anonymousreply 803/24/2013

The military industrial complex is big business. Duh.

by Anonymousreply 903/24/2013

So to recap, the examples against petroleum interest are:

-- a NATO led action

-- a situation where petroleum interests are in fact involved

-- an example from nearly a century ago / aid distribution (which is not the kind of thing most people would call a police action)

I think there is an idiom that describes this: "damning with faint praise"

by Anonymousreply 1003/25/2013

Here's what r2 claimed:

[quote]The U.S. only goes and fight for justice in countries where there is oil and something to be gained.

To defeat r2's claim, all I need do is come up with ONE example. I came up with four. Here's a fifth: the Korean War.

by Anonymousreply 1103/25/2013

Because U.S. foreign policy has fallen into the hands of an amoral clique of would be comic book villains, little self-important Lex Luthors who get off on both the power of the U.S. and the fact that the public knows nothing about how that power is projected.

by Anonymousreply 1203/25/2013

It's way more than just oil. War is a Racket. Period.

The U.S. military has been gangsters for capitalism since at least the Spanish-American War. Our reason for fighting the Nazis and engaging in the Cold War was to prevent fascism/national socialism and Communist ideologies from challenging capitalism's dominance. This ties into pretty much every conflict and in a way, it's part of why we are currently at war against Islamofascism at the moment. Because besides all the social issue awfulness and crazy religious beliefs, sharia law has a different economic system than capitalism.

Ultimately every American war is about increasing market share for European/U.S. business interests to operate.

Our first war against the Barbary pirates was to ensure we could keep shipping lanes open in the Mediterranean. Our war against the Indians was to take their land because we couldn't trade with them or assimilate them into our economic system. The Civil War was the north's mature industrial capitalism and free labor economic system waging war against the immature agricultural feudalism and slave labor economic system. We deposed the Hawaii queen to make the state of Hawaii a pineapple plantation for Dole. And that's just the 1700s and 1800s.

by Anonymousreply 1303/25/2013

Because other countries produce things besides war. We don't anymore.

by Anonymousreply 1403/25/2013

It's embarrassing, isn't it? And then we wonder why the rest of the world hates us.

by Anonymousreply 1503/25/2013

[quote]Other countries are like "Ho-hum, yeah Muslims... whatever".

You're often complimented for your magnificent eloquence, aren't you?

by Anonymousreply 1603/25/2013

"Other countries are like "Ho-hum, yeah Muslims... whatever""

OP, basically all of Western Europe has been debating the impact of Muslim immigration on its society nonstop for the past 10 years.

by Anonymousreply 1703/25/2013
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