To research this topic, I Googled “history of America’s role as global policeman”, and ended with 433-million hits in a third of a second.
I’m going to list the first five:
I didn’t read the posts, because I was more interested in rating America’s performance as the self-proclaimed world’s police force? To do that, I compiled a death count from all the wars, civil wars, revolutions, and genocides since the end of World War II, and I’m sure it is an incomplete list.
It was difficult to come up with a precise number so there are two numbers and the actual number of deaths could be anywhere between the low and high estimates.
1945 – 1950: The expulsion of Germans after World War II was called a population transfer but in reality it turned out to be an ethnic cleansing. The death count was 500 thousand – 3 million
1950 – 1953: Korean War. The death count 400 thousand – 4.5 million
1955 – 1975: Vietnam War. The death count was 800 thousand – 3 million
1965 – 66: Indonesian massacre of anyone connected to the Indonesian Communist Party. The Death count was 100 thousand to 2 million.
1967 – 1970: Nigerian Civil War and genocide. The death count was 1 – 3 million
1971: Bangladesh genocide. The death count was 26,000 – 3 million
1975 – 1979: Cambodian Genocide. The death count was 1 – 3 million; another 800 to 950 thousand died of starvation. The only reason this tragedy ended was because Communist Vietnam invaded and stopped the insanity. Where was the United States? Why did it take one communist country to stop another one from slaughtering its own people?
1975 – 80: Operation Condor in South America was a campaign of political repression by right-wing dictatorships sponsored by the United States. The death count was 50 – 80 thousand.
1979 to Present: Afghan Civil War. The death count is 1.5 – 2 million
1980 – 1988: Soviet War in Afghanistan. The death count was 600 thousand – 2 million
1980 – 1988: Iran–Iraq War. The death count was 500 thousand – 2 million
1983 – 85: Famine in Ethiopia. The death count was 400 thousand – 1 million
1990 – 98: Sanctions against Iraq imposed by the United Nations Security Council that caused excess deaths of young children 175 – 576 thousand
1994: Rwandan genocide death count 500 thousand – 1 million
1998 – 2003: Second Congo War’s death count 2.5 – 5.4 million dead
1998: Sudan famine. Death count was 70,000
After I compiled the list, I thought, what exactly has the United States accomplished to bring about world peace and save lives as the world’s so-called cop? Maybe the world would have been better off if the United States had stayed home and saved a few trillion dollars.
If you want to know how much the United States spends as the world’s so-called cop, visit data360.org to discover that answer, but you may have to spend an hour or so adding it all up. I wanted to find one number but could only find annual lists.
Last year, the world’s top 15 military spenders spent $1.753 Trillion combined, but 39% of that was the United States. The People’s Republic of China was number two at only 9.5% of the total. I found this information from a List of countries by military expenditures on Wiki.
I think that if a real cop in the United States had a similar record, they would be suspended from active duty followed by an investigation and then—for sure—a trial.
Do you think the citizens of the United States should vote in the next Presidential election on America continuing its job as the world’s so-called cop? After all, every American who pays taxes is footing the bill so shouldn’t all the citizens of a democracy have a say?
And of course this brings up another question: Is the United States really a democracy?
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran.
His latest novel is the award winning suspense-thriller Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.
And the woman he loves and wants to save was fighting for the other side.
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