Another NYT post spurred me into thinking again why must the US be THE world power. Who decided that and how do we get out of it? That is what this post is all about.
I love how the article opened up with the fact that President Biden will never figure out how to eliminate or even control one of our biggest annual expenses, and that is our war machine. Like the virus we are now fighting, our military expenditures far exceed the world average. Also like the virus we are now fighting, all our weapons seem useless for today’s version of hostile threats. Even as we try to pull ourselves away from military entanglements’ congress passes bigger and bigger defense budgets. It gets to the point that the generals just can’t figure out how to spend all the money congress gives them.
As just mentioned when Biden becomes the Oval Office occupant in thirty days, this issue will likely not be addressed. Biden like most of the aged leaders doesn’t recognize that that military spending is a problem. It has been completely out of touch with reality for the last 50 years or more. No congressman wants to be labeled as putting our kids that we put in harm’s way.
I am hoping that 2024 will bring about wide changes in congressional leadership that is needed to get us out of our world power fixation. When Millennials and Gen-Zs finally take control of our government processes this will start to change, and I hope the change is as rapid as our world has seen because to this pandemic.
The article gives a pretty full explanation of how we got into our current mode of being policemen of the world. It is worth a full read if you have the time. (Click here to see the full article). I can’t even count the times in my lifetime that we have become entangled in other people’s problems. For me, it started with Vietnam. 55,000 of my generation lost their lives early on for no obvious gain of world consequences. I lost more than one good friend to that useless engagement.
If you are wondering how the rest of the world has managed to give all their citizens universal healthcare and superior infrastructure, look no further than comparing their military budgets to ours. Historians say that the primary reason for the fall of the Roman Empire was that they also got into too many wars and military expenditures dwarfed almost everything else. They spread themselves so thin that they eventually imploded.
America’s wars have cause untold mayhem across the Middle-East and brought militarized violence home to American streets.