Name me ONE country you're protecting at the present time, not two, just ONE. And who do you take yourself for, the world's policeman? I'll take this to the black jack table, namely that the bulk of your citizens do not wish to "protect" anyone. By the way, that's an impossible premise. Tell me how you're protecting Ukraine right now. And soon, Moldavia. You can't. No one can and no one wants you to..So none of that "protection" business , please.<quoted text>
We also protect a hell of a lot more countries then just America Ellen1. The world is and has always been a dangerous place. There is always somebody that wants to take what the other guy has. The only way to prevent that from happening Ellen1 is to meet force with greater force. Weakness invites aggression. Do you understand that, or are you just unwilling to accept that reality?
A defence budget that, and I said so earlier, is bigger than all of Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Japan, and China put together. Who do you want to protect with all that? Who do you want to attack? Mexico, Canada? And what good's it done in the last 55 years, when we consider the disasters in Vietnam, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq? What good did that big budget do when you think of 9/11, the embassy bombings, the barracks bombing in Beirut? Stop kidding yourself.