And if they attack our trade or our strategic interests, you figure that won’t have any sort of effect on your ‘freedom’??? Or if they attack Americans living or working abroad, that won’t effect you because you never travel abroad? To me, this is a similar attitude to folks who don’t worry about anything happening to agriculture because, well, they don’t get their food from a farm, they buy it in a store like normal people do. Sort of the ostrich method of danger avoidance…if you don’t know about it, it must not be real!
Not only does the military protect YOUR ‘freedom’, the military (US, European, Japanese, South Korean, Taiwan, Canada, Australia, etc etc) protects the ‘freedom’ of the entire western world. It’s the hammer that says ‘don’t fuck with our external interests, businesses, citizens outside our countries or our trade or you will regret it’.
I know there have been myriad threads on this same subject in the past, but it always puzzles me why this seemingly simple answer is so difficult for some to understand. It’s like they think that, without a strong military everything would stay exactly the same (except that we’d save SO much money, not having to pay for a military and all!), all our interests would be protected, our citizens and businesses safe to be abroad, and everything would be one big happy love in. No one could possibly want to attack our interests, disrupt or take our trade or assert their own power in an attempt at regional dominance…I mean, these are PEOPLE right? Humans! And humans NEVER try to do stuff like that…right? I mean, am I right??
crickets chirp in disbelief