Most other countries don't follow the US norm on overt patriotism and worship of veterans. I find veteran worship and overt displays of patriotism incredibly childish.
MOST other countries aren't the world's policeman (I know that's going sen you into apoplectic orbit - but it is true).
You and all kiwis enjoy your liberty because of world shaped by western powers after WWII, led by guess who?
But I dare say, were the leaders of most nations 'women' from 1900 on...it is highly doubtful WWI and WWII would have ever occurred
Self appointed world police man and you only act in your own self interest, you don't police everywhere, if you did the tragedy that was Zimbabwe and soon to be South Africa would never have happened, there are plenty more examples where the self appointed world policeman didn't act as the world policeman so don't try that BS on, it doesn't fit.
In typical US fashion the US entered both world wars late and can't take the credit for winning either of them. WW1 was all but over before the fat entered at the death, and Russia won WW2, they ground the Germans down on the Eastern Front which shortened the war and they won the race to Berlin. Kiwi Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Parks outstanding leadership and tactical nouse won the Battle of Britain, without that victory the Germans would have won that war.
Rob, rob, rob...don't be so extreme! Can the police be everywhere in NYC?
No, of course not! And can the World's policeman. Now sure just like the cops who avoid certain neighborhoods, the world's policeman does the same.
But you are right, it is choosing where it wants to go...which is unfortunate for those who desperately needed help (and we could have provided) and did not.
Why does that happen?
Look at World's policeman's own habits in 'doing the right thing' in his own homeland from day one. It chose the easy way to get ahead, the ultimate shortcut to success, exploit, dehumanize to murder. But even this planning can be traced back to England (with early designs on the New World).
Trace that line up to today...Bill Clinton knew full well he could not send the World's police men into the middle of The Rwandan genocide in 1992.
America would not allow that, even Kosovo was lucky to get what help they got. As Americans are (and rightfully so) are getting war weary, intervening and thus the primary leader inmost global coalition efforts.
But there is no better force on Earth than you want to answer your SOS in you woke up and found the Russian Navy has attacked your country and neutered your military..or learn to like Russian way of life.
Or replace that with the Chinese military...
Other nations have those worries that you do not..many of them have no voice.
So the bottomline is 'if you really really need us, will be there*"...
The asterisk represents 'conditions apply'...meaning America chooses 'who it wants to rescue'...or not.
Maybe we should go by "World's Security Guard Limited'...
"Home of the Brave, made by the Slaves..Land of the Free, if you look like me.." T. Jefferson