Closer to home I realized the real reason behind why I support having this overpowering military strength. I bought a personal security policy with my 35% taxes to uncle sam and I don't give a shit about world politics as long as I feel as personally safe. I think my support for the military means that if some terrorist crazed jack ass comes after me then, as an american tax payer, I have a reasonable expectation that the calvary will arrive to come get my ass. I mean if I got put on Iranian TV, I would be looking every guard in the friggin eye to find that one dude whose gonna whisper in my ear..., "Sir,I am working with the US, Tuesday we will kill all these people and put a chopper on roof. Sorry for the inconvenience sir, here is a diet coke." Now this scenario may be unrealistic but I don't wanna know how the cavalry works, I just want it to work.
A government that uses our massive military spending correctly, or at least just focused on the correct things, should be able to do whatever it wants in the world. Just having a devoted, mind you I said devoted, army of resources assigned to intelligence gathering and diplomacy should make us unstoppable. Think of this scenario, you are being taken hostage and need to just be whisked away to the nearest friendly embassy. This escape can happen if the US government flips the one guy who has the power to move a prisoner from point A to point B. Like the cops trying to extricate a confession from a murderer you get enough background on the right one guy to find out what pushes his buttons and make it clear you have the power to hurt him. Use this as a bluff before answering all his prayers and offering him everything he could ever want for he and his family. Provide a fortune and freedom in order to purchase his betrayal. The rest is simple.
How could the US save me in this scenario (I hope someones reading this in the govt in case I ever get nabbed!)
Here is an example of one possible scenario, let say I am in a hostage taking crisis. On day one of a crisis you send in 100 or more "diplomatic staff" as the American Diplomatic Team (ADT!) to
So, why can't the US provide a calvary that can effectively guarantee my saftey as a free US citizen? We are already paying for it, all I want say to the national security officials is, hey stop it with the playing the RISK boardgame with the world, lets get serious. Summer break after the cold war is over and now you have to do your jobs again. I love spending money on the army, but I want to get my money's worth.