China is a wealthy nation thanks to us. Latin America is poor thanks to us. Much of the Caribbean is poor thanks to us. Now we move our manufacturing from China to Vietnam an that nation will become wealthy thanks to us. When the hell are we going to remember the Monroe Doctrine and focus our resources on our own hemisphere? The trillions we pissed away in the ME could have made our neighbors to the south prosperous. Instead, we demonize Latinos and Latinas for trying to come here just like our ancestors did but, because we are taught to be fearful, of brown people, by Fox News and other right wing news sites. The Western Hemisphere should be the richest part of the world from Argentina to the northernmost regions of Canada but, to do that our resources need to be spent here not fighting unnecessary, stupid wars overseas.
Just yesterday I read comments by some Republicans, who supported Trump while he made exit deals with the Taliban, whining about a few trucks and other vehicles being used that we left behind and how we should reenter Afghanistan to bomb those vehicles. How insane is that? We finally got out of that hell hole but because we left a few trucks we should go back in. That is how the insanity starts, that is how Afghanistan started. No one was told we would be there for 20 years, spend trillions of dollars and then just leave because it was a useless and impossible mission.
So, the money we save by not continuing Bush's several wars, we should start figuring out ways to help our neighbors to the south in effective ways that doesn't just create corrupt cash flows to the elite, the drug cartels, etc.
Start by legalizing drugs and abolishing the DEA. that would eliminate the profits that the Cartels depend on. Let heroin be sold in shops legally. Same with Cocaine. You can't stop it but we can take the extreme profits out of it which would end the profits for the drug dealer on the street corner selling drugs to your kids. We ended prohibition which bankrupted many of the criminals who ran alcohol but then, we stupidly gave then an new avenue for profit; drugs. Legalize drugs and end the profit centers that the Cartels depend on.
When you bankrupt the Cartels then, and only then, will we have an opportunity to assist nations south of us to build factories that can supply us with the products we currewntly buy from China or Vietnam.
We need to focus our energy and our dollars on buying from our neighbors.
This is a very long time belief I have and I have expressed it here since my first days posting here. I have believed it all my life. I don't see any better path forward if we want our nation to remain the pre-eminent economy in the world. We need to compete against a nation that has billions of people so we need a hemisphere with billions of people to learn how to work with, not against, each other.
Here's my problem, I don't hear a single American politician talking like that. James Monroe laid out the policy 200 years ago, it is time we followed it with well thought out actions.
I may sound silly expressing this but I honestly do think that it is the only way to really save our nation's position in the world. The EU runs Europe, China is going to run the far east, the ME is still up for grabs but it is a place where every life and dollar we invest there is wasted long term. Russia runs most of Asia, there isn't even any real competition there.
But our own hemisphere is probably the only area still up for grabs and guess what, the Chinese are already trying to grab it but we could keep it in our circle of influence if we just stopped stupid wars in the ME and focused on building economies in our hemisphere.