Food not Bombs (A plan for Peace in occupied territories)

Food not Bombs
Declare a complete ceasefire to all areas of an occupied country and send the word by messenger to every village greater than 50 people word of the cease fire, and designated days of feasting, provided by none other than the US government.
2 Circles of Peace talks are to commence, over the course of 2 weeks, to discuss the nature of the infrastructure building Americans (training, materials, labor costs and consulting services plus cost of security) at a total value of half of American total expenditure the first year, and a quarter the second. We will make that conditional upon the safety of our consultants,relative peace and sufferage for women. .
The Outer Circle will contain leaders from smaller villages who will collaborate discuss feast and get to know one another as well as produce ideas and vote for a team at the end of the first week to join the Inner Circle. The proceedings will be televised and broadcast in every town. The Inner Circle ceremonies will consist of local games as well as US ones. Poetry, music and dance will be featured prominently from different regions and nations. These are already featured prominently in Afghani culture.
We will also offer scholarships to American universities to several thousand Afghanis/Iraqi. nations also act more favorably towards nations educating their children.
This plan will work. Current expenditures represent more than their yearly GDP, create a million or so jobs working on homes, towns and villages, as well as the roads and railroads in between and will ensure the country is in better shape than when we got there.
Our military research facilities and contractors will be converted over to civil engineering projects, and so we will need to keep a large percentage of our engineers here to train our own corps, so some parts of the training of foreign engineers will have to happen in the US.
For the most part, the military mission will end, leaving enough troops to save our engineers, and to cut their way out of the country with extreme prejudice should there be a massive betrayal.

The Opportunity Cost of War

The whole government needs a audit, especially Defense. More properly termed War. The United States requires very little in terms of active Defense… there is nothing in our half of the World that could ever invade successfully, meaning invasion would have to come over sea, and with satellite technology we would know about it as soon as they decided to do it. No, the United States will never be invaded.
I don’t disagree that we should maintain the ability to wage war, or the ability to weaponize our technologies; in the rare instance of absolute necessity we would want to be able to strike nearly instantaneously and with Overwhelming Force, in order to save lives. But in terms of survival; the US has not needed to go to war for it’s survival since 1812. 200 years. We can maintain the instincts with electronic simulations and massive war games.. think crazy paintball scenarios, most men I know like to play anyway.
but for weapons to be the primary focus of technology research in the richest (and safest) Empire the world has ever known is an opportunity cost of great sin to the human race.
if a 100 billion a year was spent on medical research; there would be very few diseases left in 2-3 years, and we would advance more than in all of human history.
If a 100 billion was spent on Energy research and development, we would never have to import oil again, saving the US at least $400 Billion per year, more than the difference between a boom and a bust economy. The conversion cost would be in the trillions, of course, but it’s a no brainer investment for capital firms early, and an easy and secure place to put your money, that makes the world a better place, and the Transistion would be a massive economic boom that would pay for itself.
We need a reason to do something big, and not poisoning air and water is a pretty good one, and any poll would come up close to 80% on that one.