This isn't meant to be a speculative thread or one of my peak oil threads, but rather a thread for discussing the long term future of global politics and American foreign policy. Where should we be heading, what kind of world do we need to prepare for. To start off, some of the things we've discussed as possibilities. Proposed: The U.S. should make a significant investment toward energy independence and becoming a leader in alternative energy technology and infrastructure development. Every president in the last 20 years has talked about reducing our dependence on foreign oil, but we have made essentially no progress on this issue in a generation, instead becoming increasingly reliant on oil imports as our domestic production wanes. At the same time, our rusting electrical grid is supported by a backbone of dirty coal and aging nuclear power plants. The president says the right words, but we haven't devoted the right level of investment to this challenge. China is outspending us on alternative energy by a significant margin. They are poised to become the world energy leaders. More than any other issue, this will determine the future success of the United States and its position in the global economy. The investment needs to occur at the level of the recent financial bailout. A $2 trillion investment over the next five years at the very least, with efforts to exclude dead ends like corn based ethanol and carbon sequestration. 2. The U.S. should dramatically scale back its foreign military commitments. Military isolationism is another key to our future economic success. Proposed: to create a successful economic future for the Unites States, we must end our military involvement in the middle east, South Korea, Western Europe, reduce the size of our military and drastically downsize our ability to project air power globally. Energy independence is our exit strategy from the Middle East. Capitulation to the hegemonic influence of China is our exit strategy from Asia. We maintain our commitment to support of UN initiatives and support the UN at a level proportional to our share of global GDP. We seek to create a mutually supportive nuclear umbrella for OECD countries. We implement a ten year plan to help western Europe toward full military independence from NATO and assist South Korea toward military independence.