Soon-to-be-ex–Daily Show host Jon Stewart recently interviewed Egyptian comedian and satirist Bassem Youssef about America and the Middle East. I found this surprisingly entertaining as well as nuanced; a smart piece. Their opening exchange:
Stewart: Tell me, Bassem. With the Middle East spiraling out of control, what should America do about this?
Youssef: (winning smile) Well, how about ... nothing.
Sounds like a plan to me. There are nearly 200 nations on the planet. The U.S. has troops in approximately 150 of them. And a tough-to-pin-down number of permanent overseas bases, totaling some 800-900 (go ahead and Google for the number...your head will quickly spin).
Maybe it's time we un-assumed the role of the world's policeman?