The Freeman's Burden:

To defend the principles of human liberty; to educate; to be vigilant against the ever expanding power of the state.

Monday, May 28, 2007

In loving memory of those who gave so much

On this memorial day, we should all take a moment to honor those who have died fighting for liberty, mourn those who have died for the folly of arrogance, and begin a conversation about how to best assure that future generations enjoy the blessings of that hard won liberty while avoiding the costs of folly.

Let's ask ourselves if our freedom and our security are enhanced or diminished by our continuing presence in 130 countries around the world or if it's time to bring our troops home from Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, United Kingdom, Vatican City, Australia, Burma, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, Vietnam, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Diego Garcia, Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, St. Helena, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Antigua, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba (Guantanamo), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, and afloat (As of Sept. 30, 2006, Department of Defense)

Total US Deployments in Foreign Countries: 130
Total Foreign Deployments in the US: 0


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