Close overseas bases and reduce foreign aid

As a longtime subscriber to The Buffalo News and a wounded World War II veteran, this is the first time I felt the need to write to your column.

As I was thinking about our national debt, I wondered why there is no discussion about closing some of our military bases around the world. In this day and age, it is possible to transport great numbers of troops and equipment any place in the world in a short period of time.

Many of our leaders seem to think that we need them to protect our interests. Where was our protection for our consulate in Libya when we had all of the troops and firepower that we needed at almost a moment’s notice? Our leaders had the knowledge of what to do, but they didn’t have the wisdom to apply the knowledge.

Finally, let’s stop a lot of our unnecessary foreign aid.

Ed Wilke

West Seneca