Well, you have to define the extent of "withdrawal". Do you mean strictly in military terms, or more?
That's a good question - I should have made that more clear. I certainly mean military, where the U.S. would withdraw its troops and bases from everywhere outside U.S. territory.
Economically, it would have to be on a level playing field with the rest of the world. All countries work to promote their own industries in export markets, by working out bilateral double taxation treaties, for example. Jacques Chirac tries to sell Airbuses wherever he goes. The Indian government works to sell its IT
sector. The Japanese government works to allow favorable relations with countries that may provide its industries with raw materials. So assume a generally similar level of involvement by the U.S. government.
know the jist of your question: it's a "put-up-or-shut-up" challenge to the anti-Americans on this forum with the aim of trying to demonstrate how much "good" the US has done in the theatres you mention....Kuwait etc.
I did not at all mean it as a loaded question. It is a bit of a challenge however - a challenge to try to come up with reasonable projections, looking from 1990 forwards, concerning what the world would be like today. Would Israel still exist, for example?. If not, what will happen to all the Jews there?
The theaters I've mentioned are simply a few examples of places where U.S. influence has been felt. For better or worse? Would militant Islam be a threat to sectarian society, as it is today, or would they be quiet and happy?
It's not a loaded question. Afterwards, we might start a new thread asking what would the world be like if the U.S. retired (as defined above) today - or, let's say a complete isolationist is elected president in 2004.
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