The Boogeyman is everywhere and he's "comin' to get us". There's Al Quaeda, the Axis of Evil, all Muslims, Taliban, Pakistanis, Osama, Iranians, and whoever else we need to get the herd to come together. The fear factor is very powerful and effective. Newt is starting to use it to emerge as the frontrunner for Team Red. The idea below is contrary to the fearmongering and lowering the "boot print" would solve the problem. But, of course we can't. FOUR percent of the worlds population consuming 25% of the world's oil requires us to control "the heartland".
"The U.S. spends more on maintaining overseas government operations than all the rest of the world’s nations combined. While the cost of ending our involvement in perma-wars, turning off the lights at military installations, canceling aid and subsidies to foreign governments will cause widespread pain and misery – both at home for the dismissed soldiers and overseas for our allies – doing so is likely to improve our security by dramatically reducing our boot print on the face of the globe."
Source: Casey Research