Here’s some intelligent talk on Fox about terrorism. Amidst news that Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza is wanting to avenge the death of his father, who was killed by a U.S. Navy SEAL strike team, the hosts on Fox & Friends clearly hold different points of view about how the United States should be combatting terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qaeda.
It’s a fact that the U.S. has special forces on the ground in more than 80 countries around the world actively fighting threats posed by these organizations and others, but it’s equally true that the Pentagon budgeted $64 billion this year (which isn’t subject to defense budget sequestration) to fight ISIS. To date, it’s also spent more than $1.1 trillion in Iraq, $3.9 trillion in Afghanistan, $3 billion in Libya and $8 billion in Pakistan. These numbers add up to a greater total amount than the cost of any war the U.S. has ever fought. Another way of looking at the issue is that the U.S. population — five percent of the Earth’s total — is paying 50 percent of the world’s military bills using a quarter of the planet’s wealth. There is tremendous merit to the argument that this is unsustainable.
The list of countries that pose dangers to us or merely harbor members of terrorist groups is already long and getting longer, and one has to wonder if the U.S. were to “pull back” from some of these battlefields (as President Trump had suggested on the campaign trail) if those aforementioned terrorist groups wouldn’t simply start to melt away. After all, if there’s no more reason to fight, why recruit and train an army? Of course, there are horrific human rights abuses and even mass murders being committed, and so, the U.S. is capable of quelling and suppressing violence in many places if need be. But the question remains: should we?
On the other hand, as GOPAC Chairman David Avella points out in this clip, it’s imperative that the United States secure its borders and not let people into the country who could pose a threat to our citizens. But long-term, the U.S. needs to look at the expense of fighting wars in so many places and should be asking: what are we getting out of it? Watch the debate as it’s revealed Osama bin Laden’s son plans to exact his revenge on our country.