Why does US pay to protect prosperous allies?

posted by
February 3, 2012
Cato Institute
by Christopher Preble  
Posted in Commentary

"Taken together, Obama's strategy document, budget and State of the Union remarks articulate a coherent philosophy on military spending and global engagement that ought to hold a lot of appeal for the neoconservatives in the GOP. But partisan politics aside, what our foreign policy leaders have consistently ignored is an argument that should have strong sway at a time of economic uncertainty: This country's tax dollars can be better spent than on defending wealthy allies who are more than capable of protecting themselves." (02/03/12)

  • George Hilbert

    Why does US pay to protect prosperous allies? First, in order to further impoverish the American middle class and thus remove their political influence in the country's matter. Second, to make Mark Twain's quotation take on meaning in a new context: "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man."

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