This week President Obama gave a speech on foreign policies. As readers of the Panda Bear Blog know, the Panda Bear wants the US to immediately get out of Afghanistan and for the US to end all military involvements that aren’t directly related to its self-defense. She was very disappointed to hear that US troops will remain there 2016. While the Panda Bear truly feels sorry for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, she thinks some of the interest of the US in Nigeria comes from it being a big oil producing country.
- She does not care. She would rather have Americans be safe, healthy and cowardly than dead and brave for wars that are none of the US’s business.
- The US would not be in the position of being seen as backing down from foreign conflict if it minded its own business in the first place and did not threaten other countries with wars over concerns that don’t involve the US.
\Though the US is not an empire in the traditional sense of the word, look at all the great empires that have risen and fallen. One theory about the collapse of world powers is that these world powers overextended themselves. The Panda Bear thinks that over commitment is a potential security threat to the US.