Where’s Globocop?

I just sent this letter to the editor of our local paper in reaction to a letter by Geoff Caldwell.

 

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credit: globalresearch.ca

Globe columnist Geoff Caldwell (March 20, 2016) echoes The Economist journal in asking, “Where is Globocop?” His concern is the rise of ISIS and the failure of not propping up the failed and inept Iraqi state and its feckless military, a legacy from the Bush administration. He and the journal say our allies are “nervous” about this. Never mind that the latest study of the cost of the disastrous second Iraq war and its aftermath (from Brown University) is 1.1 trillion dollars and still counting. (That’s one-thousand billions plus one-hundred billions of dollars, put another way.) As in past columns, Mr. Caldwell blames president Obama for, well, everything, and now including failing to police the world.

“Where is Globocop?”, the Economist asks. Well, we are still pumping out Cold War munitions at a crazy pace, including a destroyer program that is now running over $3 Billion per ship and a gold-plated fighter bomber program exceeding $1.1 Trillion, if that means anything, although thanks to President Obama, the U.S. body count is hovering around the single digits lately. The column prompted me to look up what capabilities our nervous allies might have if they had to, heaven forbid, engage ISIS on their own. Here’s what I found on Wikipedia:

Country     Defense $B     Battle Tanks   CombatA/C    Active Military
U.K                 61.8                       227                278                 205,000
Germany      43.9                       410                245                   183,000
France            53.1                       200               395                    228,000
Turkey            10                       2,500               335                    410,000
Saudi A.          80.8                     600               313                     233,500
Israel               21.1                      500                440                    176,000
Italy                 24.3                     160                 440                   320,000

Here are some questions. Is ISIS really too much for our allies to handle? Is it just possible that the rest of the Western world has grown so used to the U.S. defending them that they now expect it? Might it make sense for them to grow up and take responsibility for their own back yard? The U.S. defense budget is, get this, $580 Billion dollars. Doesn’t it make sense to let our allies do some stuff while we spend some of that money on, say, preventing lead poisoning in children and bridges from falling down? (Not exactly shock and awe, I know.  Well, shock maybe.) Or even paring the national debt the GOP has been so worried about? So many questions.

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About Jim Wheeler

U. S. Naval Academy, BS, Engineering, 1959; Naval line officer and submariner, 1959 -1981, Commander, USN; The George Washington U., MSA, Management Eng.; Aerospace Engineer, 1981-1999; Resident Gadfly, 1999 - present. Political affiliation: Independent, tending progressive as the GOP recedes from its Eisenhower roots.
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6 Responses to Where’s Globocop?

  1. Jim Ruebush says:

    I am in agreement. The military-industrial complex described and warned about by Ike in January 1961 is a vast and powerful economy. The feeding of it by the congresses over the years gives it too much control over our more pedestrian interests of infrastructure, education, healthcare, and climate.

    Our role in policing the world should be shared more. The hard paths of diplomacy should be taken continuously. Sadly, too many people are willing to fork over the dollars for weapons of war rather than work to settle differences through negotiations. I don’t see that behavior changing any time soon.

    Thanks for your post.

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  2. aFrankAngle says:

    In terms of the Iraq quagmire, a friend and I were talking, and concluded – Pres. GHW Bush had it right in his treatment of the first Gulf War by leaving Sadam in power.

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  3. PiedType says:

    I’ve long objected to the US being the world’s globocop (whether or not anyone asked us). As the numbers show, it’s past time for the rest of the world to step up.

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  4. Elyse says:

    And then, of course, there’s our position as GloboATM …

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