Why now's the time to shrink the military

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    Dec 06, 2010 7:47 PM GMT
    4 scenarios of the fall of the American Empire. (Scenario 4 is a lot less likely IMHO)
    http://www.tomdispatch.com/

    [url]http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175327/tomgram%3A_alfred_mccoy%2C_taking_down_america/#more [/url]

    A soft landing for America 40 years from now? Don’t bet on it. The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines. If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American Century, a more realistic assessment of domestic and global trends suggests that in 2025, just 15 years from now, it could all be over except for the shouting.
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    If America's decline is in fact on a 22-year trajectory from 2003 to 2025, then we have already frittered away most of the first decade of that decline with wars that distracted us from long-term problems and, like water tossed onto desert sands, wasted trillions of desperately needed dollars.

    If only 15 years remain, the odds of frittering them all away still remain high. Congress and the president are now in gridlock; the American system is flooded with corporate money meant to jam up the works; and there is little suggestion that any issues of significance, including our wars, our bloated national security state, our starved education system, and our antiquated energy supplies, will be addressed with sufficient seriousness to assure the sort of soft landing that might maximize our country's role and prosperity in a changing world.
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    Dec 06, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    It appears to me that our Military overspending could be the very impetus that could bring us down. The USA (according to my reading) spends possibly more that the rest of the worlds military spending together. This is totally unnecessary spending and should be cut in half at least to help bring our budget back from the brink of bankruptcy. Take the fact that Bush put us in debt for two wars in the amount of nearly 3 trillion, what would happen if China called those notes ??? we could be brought down, right now, we should be spending/investing in energy so we are not reliant on the middle east, because they too, could bring us to our knees in very short time if they cut us off. Super power is rather a false name for our current situation, to my way of thinking.