I've bounced these ideas off of a few friends and in truth didn't get much back either way, so I'm tossing it out for yawl, please do think about it and reply, I believe in it but I have limited knowledge as to the impact it would have on the US and World. I believe that America could only benefit from doing the following. Close down the 142 military bases we have scattered around the world, this would save billions, We have been the guardians of the free world way too long, we have spent our future providing for the safty of the world, is it our job? Japan and Germany are just two that come to mind, they have become world super powers because America provided for their defense, we spent trillions of dollars doing so while they were able to live the good life and become world players due to not having to spend their money providing for their own defense. And in fact most of the countries where we have our military seem to hate us... so...close the bases. Bring all our troops home, we have no need to have our troops scattered across the world, that alone would return billions of dollars to the US by the fact of our people being here spending their money in this country, plus, this is the country they should be protecting, let the rest of the world spend their money filling the gap. Stop all foreign aid, why should we send billions of dollars in aid ( mostly military hardware) to countries that hate us? Egypt is the # 2 recipient of US Aid, of course Israel being first. But our money goes all over the world in attempts to buy good favor . I say stop it except in something cases which would be food not bullets, but not if it's going to be grabbed up by a dictator or warlord . I believe our national security would be well served by the purchase ( at very fair prices) of a strip of land 50 miles deep running from the gulf of Mexico to the Pacific , it could be divided into training areas and bases for all those troops coming home. make the live fire training areas stop short of the border by a few miles, which would be patrolled by our troops. this would have more chance of stopping drug runners and others from invading the US. I believe our National boundary's should extend beyond the 3 mile limit to something like 200 miles, which should be patrolled by our Navy and Coast Guard, with power to stop and search any ships or boats entering the area and do it. this should stop a lot of the drug and other traffic. Not last and for sure not least, kick the UN out of the country, and stop US participation in the UN, this will save many billions of dollars and clean the air a great deal... There are a lot of places to save even more money, I am a former US Marine but being only a lowly grunt really don't know if I have the knowledge to say this but do we really need a bunch of new trillion dollar jet fighters and bombers? The latest ones that are already far into over runs?In this age of smart missiles and fast small powerful ships and subs do we really need these aircraft? Hell I remember the old prop driven planes used in Viet Nam war, I think they were Sky Raiders? AD's and AD 50's ?( Help me here you old bird men) those damn planes could carry enough fire and forget missiles to wipe out a fleet full of incoming aircraft or ships... sometimes star war's ideas can be trumped by common sense. Well this is too long, but you see my thoughts, would/could this or something like it work? would we be better off as a nation if we did these things? mind our own business? maybe if we weren't sticking our noses into the rest of the worlds business we could rebuild our own nation and create jobs here. True or not, I did hear that the tracks for our Tanks were made in another country... Comment or not, it's just a thought and maybe not even a good one, but God knows we need to do something!