Writer & filmmaker Sebastian Junger has an opinion piece in today’s Washington Post, arguing in favor of (more) U.S. intervention in Syria in particular while smearing “pacifists” and “isolationists” more generally. In it, he said the following:
The most common objection to strikes is that the United States is not the world’s policeman; we have poured our resources and blood into two long wars over the past decade, and it’s time for someone else to take care of those duties.
That is a very tempting position, but it does not hold water. The reality is that we have staked our military and economic security on making sure that no other country — including our longtime allies — has anywhere close to the military capabilities that we do. We are safe in our borders because we are the only country that can park a ship in international waters and rain cruise missiles down on specific street addresses in a foreign city for weeks on end. [Emphasis mine]
Um…there’s a bit of a hole in your assertion here. Actually, about 3000 holes…
Real talk: global hegemony & the billions poured into the gaping maw of militarism mean jack squat to those who actually would try something. Opponents just realize it’s more effective to cheat.