I’ve been pondering this posting for some time. How long could the USA have gone without a war? If we had followed the Constitution, renounced imperialism, minded our own business, what wars would we have been in? How might history have changed?
Try this mental exercise:
I think the War of 1812 was probably necessary – to show the European powers that we deserve respect.
I also think the Mexican War was probably necessary as well – to have a nation that stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific. And thanks to the Virginian Ambassador Trist’s disobedience, Mexico’s independence was preserved. That gets us to about 1846 or so.
The so-called Civil War – if Lincoln had obeyed the Constitution and either allowed the seceding states to leave the Union or negotiated their remaining in the Union – no war nor the expansion of the central government or suspension of liberty!
The Spanish-American war – pure imperialism and unnecessary!
The First World War – if we had stayed out of this war – unnecessary and none of our business than we would not have been involved in in the Versailles Treaty – Germany might not have been humiliated and the Second World War would not have occurred. At least the possibility might have occurred that Russia would not have fallen to the communists!
That might not have led to the Second World War or the Cold War – neither the Nazis nor the Communists would have been our enemies – because they would never have come to power!
That means no Korea nor Vietnam nor any other Cold War war!
We would have been up to the 1991 First Gulf War. It may well have been necessary to help liberate Kuwait in 1991. Maybe that would not have happened at all.
That would have been nearly 150 years of peace for the American people. Millions would have lived. Families would not have been disrupted. And if anyone dared attack the USA, we would have had a army to repel that invasion! Maybe we would still be a constitutional republic instead of debating if we can kill US citizens with drones or intervention in Syria or Mali. Billions would have been saved in war efforts. Maybe we would have led the world in peace and fair trade.
Now, come back to Earth and lets work for that constitutional republic!