Why Should the U.S. Care About Europe’s Political Problems?

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Ron Paul incisively has asked why the U.S. government should care about what flag flies over Crimea. The answer that is going to come back and already has come back from various representatives, albeit indirectly, is that the U.S. has interests in Europe, that lines must be drawn somewhere, that a weak response invites further aggression, and that Putin wants to reconstruct the Soviet Empire.

These responses say that America and Americans must protect Europe and even go to war for them, as they have done twice in the 20th century.

The question again, however, is why. Why should the U.S. be protecting Europe and Europeans, either from the wars of one European country with another or with countries outside Europe? Cannot Europeans fend for themselves? With a population of 733 million that is 2.25 times that of America, why is the U.S. involved? The EU as a unit has the largest GDP in the world.

Has it really served the interests of Americans, viewed as a people, to have intervened in World War I, when that victory helped to bring on the horrors of World War II and a Communist takeover in Russia? Has it really served Americans to have abandoned the neutral non-interventionism counseled by their Founding Fathers? Does it serve their interests now to be dominated by the resulting national security-military-industrial-financial big government state?

The same empire that finds excuses to protect Europe also finds excuses to protect scores of other nations in South America, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and the Far East.

America is a story of pioneers, settlers and immigrants who came here to get away from these places so they could make and keep a buck in America, for the sake of themselves and their families or for whatever other reasons, high and low, prompted them. The result was by no means always pretty, but it did include a massive rise in living standards and an enormous burst of creativity.

Where has that gone? Hasn’t it disappeared or at least been pushed far into the background as the state has grown and as government powers have ramped up? And hasn’t that growth of power been the direct result of turning away from America’s business and attempting to protect and save the world, including Europe?

American interests, broadly construed, are not furthered by protecting Europeans from themselves, from Russians or from jihadists. Why should the U.S. be protecting Europe when this policy has led America downhill? It shouldn’t.

Why then has a policy with such far-reaching negative consequences for Americans been instituted, starting as far back as the Spanish-American War and certainly becoming a fixture with the American entry into World War I?

7:48 am on April 4, 2014
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