John McCain was asked on NBC's Today Show when he thinks US troops will return from Iraq. "That's not too important. What's important is the casualties in Iraq. Americans are in South Korea, Americans are in Japan, American troops are in Germany. That's all fine," he said.

Well, that's not all fine. Also, the U.S. invaded and is occupying Iraq under false pretenses, which makes it mundanely illegal. Is John McCain so stupid as to not realize that the occupation is illegal? Does he want the precedent established that illegal wars are fine? It's extremely important. How can the U.S. be better off with someone of this mentality heading up things? It can't be. He's not bright enough to be the leader of the world.

As for Germany, South Korea, and Japan, those are forward deployments for what?

The U.S. is in Germany so the U.S. can better attempt to dictate terms to NATO and the E.U. NATO was set up to fight Russia when it was the Soviet Union. Being in Germany only serves to antagonize Russia. It only serves to heat up a new arms race. It's just a method of the Military-Industrial Complex to waste taxes on militarism and imperialism. All that money could be properly spent (rather than utterly wasted) on the general welfare. Also, the E.U. doesn't need the U.S. to defend it against Russia for several reasons. The E.U. is rich. Its economy is right up there with that of the U.S. and is surpassing it largely because the U.S. wastes so much on non-productive militarism. Also, Russia isn't interested in making war on Europe. Russia is interested in making money. They don't want to destroy their customers. Many of the moves by Vladimir Putin have been a direct result of George W. Bush's recklessness. If Bush hadn't been so reckless and had rather been helpful, Putin wouldn't have seen the need to tighten up for safety and security sake.

It has long since passed the time that the U.S. get out of South Korea and let the Koreans work it out. South Korea is relatively rich. The North is bare-bones poor due to economic sanctions. The same reason the U.S. is in Germany applies to South Korea only it is aimed at China. The same arms race is the result. It's a waste. Russia, China, and the U.S. should be putting their energies into the general welfare and not militarism.

Japan and China have to avoid a war. They have to work it out just as South and North Korea must work it out. The Japanese don't need to be pushed back into militarism. They had done the right thing when they declared their nation a pacifist nation. It was very wise. However, there have been those in the U.S. who have wanted Japan to re-militarize against China. That's exactly backwards. It's exactly the opposite direction of where the world should be going.

The Chinese are militarizing, because the other powers have and are. Peace doesn't come through militarism. War comes via militarism. Peace comes via demilitarizing. Total peace will come via totally demilitarizing.

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. — Isaiah 2:4

The idea that a nation has to be armed to the teeth to avoid war just isn't born out by history.

The mindset of militarism is that violence is the best way of settling conflicts. With the advancements in weapons, parties will be more tempted to fire the first shot since it will be devastating to the opposition and won't result in a retaliatory strike. It won't leave toxics that make the land uninhabitable. The problem though with that is that the types of people left will pass on that lesson. It's a recipe for self-annihilation. Preventively kill everyone else, because anyone could become a violent enemy. It's utterly stupid and self-fulfilling. Everyone is the enemy of those who would so-called preventively destroy them. I'm an enemy of those neocon idiots. Only I'm a pacifist. Join me.

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.