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Since the end of World War 2, the US has been the main defender of the free world. We have reached the point in time when the US and more specifically US taxpayers can no longer afford to carry that burden. This is what I propose.

Before the Second World War, the US defended the Western Hemisphere from foreign intervention under the Monroe Doctrine. I propose that we return to that position and require that others defend the rest of the world. We could do that by starting one or more government-sponsored enterprises, similar in nature to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It or they would be private companies expected to earn a profit and selling shares to the public. One could be named US Defense Co., and listed on the NY Stock Exchange as DEFCO. If private enterprise is more efficient than government, here is a chance to prove it once and for all.

Once the private companies are up and running, we can begin withdrawing our troops from South Korea and Europe. The Koreans and the Europeans will have the option of re-arming or hiring a private contractor such as Xe Services (formerly Blackwater) or one of the new contractors such as DEFCO.

Private contractors claim to be able to lower costs by being more efficient than government. I believe that they lower costs by paying their employees less. Let us see a demonstration on a large scale. The contractors will want to hire some US citizens for some of the highly technical positions until they can train replacements. Much of the lower ranks can be filled from nations with a martial tradition: Sikhs from India, Gurkhas from Nepal, Eritreans from Africa and Pathans from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Let us provide the troops and equipment for homeland security and defense of the Western Hemisphere. The rest of the world can protect themselves or hire and pay for private defense providers to do it for them.