The EU is as rich as America. Why were U.S. F-16s and U.S. troops sent to the Baltics and Poland, and U.S. warships to the Black Sea? Russians occupying buildings in Luhansk and Donetsk are no threat to America.Mr. Buchanan’s off base where the Chinese and Iranians are concerned, but his central point is well taken. Why do we allow foreigners to get us to do their dirty work and hand over our wealth? Can we talk about such fundamentals for a change, or are private conversations men have with their mistresses just too delicious to ignore?
Where are the French and German troops in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland?
Neither China nor Russia nor Iran nor Syria threatens us. Yet, we are constantly goaded by allies to confront them for reasons that have virtually nothing to do with our security and almost everything to do with their agendas.
This role of philanthropic superpower is simply not sustainable.
My biology prof in freshman biology demonstrated how a frog will lunge to eat anything that moves and does not distinguish between a wriggling caterpillar and a piece of chalk. As a nation, our instincts are indistinguishable from those of a frog.
In our lunge for cheap foreign goods, we seem to have not noticed that the factories we moved overseas to produce those goods were located in a communist dictatorship that happens to be a strategic competitor of ours. By what lightning bolt of strategic foresight did that happen?
If our mortal enemies were to have devised our manufacturing and free trade policies, how would those policies differ from the ones we have now?
 "The Philanthropic Superpower—What Does America Get Out Of Defending The World?" By Patrick J. Buchanan, VDARE, 5/2/14.