Opinion: There is no good reason, and not even a logical bad one, for us to start WW3.

Us: “Getting into the mix will start WW3.”
NeoCons: “You say that like it’s a bad thing.”

NeoCons think WW3 would be good for the American economy and would strengthen our country. This is based on what happened to us during and after WW2. But we are not in the same position as we were during WW2.

WW2 increased American production and GDP because it gave women and people of color a door to production lines. But we wouldn’t see the same influx into the workforce this time around, and there would be no additional growth.

Our country joined WW2 relatively late, after other countries were already devastated. This meant that, in the aftermath, we were the ones who were in a position to help other countries get back on their feet, and they became indebted to us. This time around, we’ve taken lead into the war and are financing it from the start. We haven’t even joined the fight yet, and it’s already milking us dry. We’re being told to tighten our belts, more and more, after already having our finances devastated during the COVID pandemic. We wouldn’t come out of WW3 as the wealthiest country in the world, in a position to help anyone, let alone ourselves.

Moreover, we are seen as the ones who put an end to WW2, which increased our standing. This time, we’d be seen as the ones who helped start it. The Soviet Union also helped end WW2, but that did nothing for their standing because they are partly blamed (perhaps unfairly) for triggering it with the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.

There is no good reason, and not even a logical bad one, for us to start WW3.