Neocons tell us that continued, massive US intervention abroad could not make things worse. This is the question the next president will have to address and candidates for the office should be asked about now. Take Afghanistan. If the US would extend its involvement there as it did during the years between 2003 and 2014, we would suffer many more thousands of casualties (which are now down to single digits); kill or cause to be killed many more Afghans; and sink many more hundreds of billions into a corrupt government. We would continue to stand in the way of the Afghan government working out its differences with the Taliban and Pakistan, because we believe we know that the Afghan people prefer a liberal secular democracy. In short, things could get much worse, especially for our young men and women. Ask the candidates about nation building in the Middle East. If they dream of it, plead with them to think again.
Walking among 2,000-year old sequoias in Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, I felt their powerful energy and gave thanks that these last remaining giants were protected by the Buffalo Soldiers from the effects of logging and ranching at the turn of the 20th century. What a loss their demise would have been!