U.S. must re­main the in­dis­pens­able na­tion

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Matt Hel­frich, Har­leysville, Pa.

What would our world be like with­out U.S. lead­er­ship and pres­ence around the globe? With the war on ter­ror con­tained, many Amer­i­cans feel it is time to re­claim the bil­lions spent to po­lice the world and rein­vest it in our own coun­try. It’s a tempt­ing idea. Imag­ine redi­rect­ing the bil­lions of dol­lars the U.S. in­vests over­seas and use some of that cash to pay for our kids’ col­lege ed­u­ca­tions or dra­mat­i­cally re­duce our taxes.

Un­for­tu­nately, a world with­out the U.S. would desta­bi­lize quickly. Re­mov­ing troops from South Korea would tempt the com­mu­nist north to cross the 38th par­al­lel. Re­mov­ing our Navy from the Far Pa­cific could be an in­vi­ta­tion for China to in­vade Ja­pan or Tai­wan. Walk­ing out on NATO and re­lin­quish­ing our badge as world’s po­lice­man would cre­ate a power vac­uum that Rus­sia may be happy to fill. Rus­sia is no longer com­mu­nist, but it re­mains a nu­clear power that has in­vaded a sovereign Ukraine and sup­ports ha­bit­ual hu­man rights vi­o­la­tors like Bashar As­sad in Syria.

I be­lieve the U.S. is the only na­tion with the mil­i­tary strength and demo­cratic values to main­tain peace in an un­sta­ble world. Our sol­diers have bravely de­fended our in­ter­ests and faith­fully main­tained peace through­out the world for over 70 years. Peace­ful co­ex­is­tence can only suc­ceed if there is a strong na­tion to lead and main­tain it. Would we ever want to del­e­gate that re­spon­si­bil­ity to the Rus­sians?

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