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16 Reasons Why The United States Can No Longer Afford To Be The Police Of The World

Did you know that the United States military is now bombing 6 different countries?  U.S. aircraft are conducting air strikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and now Somalia.  There is a U.S. military base in over half of the countries on the planet and U.S. military spending is over 7 times larger than the military spending of any other nation on earth.  Yes, the United States will always need a strong military.  But with our national debt exploding at an exponential rate, can the United States really afford to continue to be the police of the world?

There are always going to be nutjobs in other countries that want to destroy the United States.  In fact, the more we bomb the more they seem to multiply.  The federal government seems obsessed with stamping out all terrorists wherever they may be found around the globe.  But how will we ever know if we have gotten all of them?  Does our government intend to occupy all of the countries of the Middle East eventually?  Do we really have to police the entire globe in order to feel secure at home?

Trying to be the police of the world is getting awfully expensive.  We have run up almost 4 trillion dollars more debt since Barack Obama was elected.  Many thought that Barack Obama would reduce our foreign entanglements, but instead he has greatly expanded them.

In an article posted on a major UK news source describing the new U.S. airstrikes in Somalia, Declan Walsh noted that this is now the 6th country that the U.S. military is bombing on a regular basis….

Armed Predator and Reaper drones already operate in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, where they are controlled by the US military or the CIA.

So are all of these airstrikes winning any “hearts and minds”?

Hardly.

Only 3 percent of the population of Pakistan supports our drone strikes in that country.

What we are doing is not working.

Perhaps it is time to fundamentally reassess our foreign policy.

Barack Obama seems to have gotten a real taste for using the military.  He didn’t even bother to ask Congress when we started bombing Libya, and now there are persistent rumors that U.S. ground forces may soon be involved.

In fact, high ranking Russian diplomat Dmitry Rogozin says that he is convinced that NATO is beginning preparations for a ground invasion of Libya….

“I think that now we are witnessing the preparation stage of a ground operation which NATO, or at least some of its members… are ready to begin”

But Libya is not the only place that U.S. troops may be sent to.

The way that Obama administration officials are talking, war with Syria could potentially be on the horizon.

Things are getting really crazy out there.  The U.S. government is absolutely drowning in debt and yet we think that we can push around everyone else in the world.

This even extends to nations that are supposed to be our allies. According to the Jerusalem Post, Barack Obama has given Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a one month ultimatum to agree to resume peace talks with the Palestinians based on pre-1967 borders.

The U.S. government doesn’t even try to do much diplomacy in the Middle East anymore.  It seems like threats, ultimatums and bombings are the preferred tools.

The rest of the world is going to remember our arrogance and our ruthlessness.  When the United States needs help someday, the rest of the world might not be very inclined to give it.

Right now, the U.S. government is essentially bankrupt and the U.S. financial system is on the verge of the collapse.  We have got to stop spending so much money.

The following are 16 reasons why the United States can no longer afford to be the police of the world….

#1 Prior to the beginning of the “War on Terror” our national debt was under 6 trillion dollars.  Today, it has more than doubled and currently sits at a whopping 14.3 trillion dollars.

#2 Today, the U.S. military is in nearly 130 different nations and it has a total of about 700 military bases around the globe.  It costs approximately 100 billion dollars each year to maintain these military bases.

#3 U.S. military spending is greater than the military spending of China, Russia, Japan, India, and the rest of NATO combined.

#4 The United States already accounts for 46.5% of all military spending on the planet.  China is next with only 6.6%.

#5 If Bill Gates gave every penny of his fortune to the U.S. government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for 15 days.

#6 When you throw in all “off budget” items and other categories of “defense spending” not covered in the Pentagon budget you get a grand total of somewhere between $1.01 and $1.35 trillion spent on national defense in 2010.

#7 The U.S. government borrows an average of about 168 million more dollars every single hour.

#8 The Pentagon currently gobbles up 56 percent of all discretionary spending by the federal government.

#9 Between 2007 and 2010, U.S. GDP grew by only 4.26%, but the U.S. national debt soared by 61% during that same time period.

#10 The cost for the first week of airstrikes on Libya was 600 million dollars.  Keep in mind that the leader of the opposition in Libya has admitted that his forces contain large numbers of the same “al-Qaeda fighters” that were shooting at American troops in Iraq.  So we are going broke and we are helping al-Qaeda take power in Libya at the same time.

#11 The total price tag for each F-22 fighter jet is approximately $350 million.

#12 Over the past decade, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost U.S. taxpayers well over a trillion dollars.

#13 If you went out today and started spending one dollar every single second, it would take you over 31,000 years to spend one trillion dollars.

#14 Since 2001, the total cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan breaks down to well over $3,600 for every man, woman and child in the United States.

#15 Just one day of the war in Afghanistan costs more money than it took to build the entire Pentagon.

#16 The United States government is now responsible for more than a third of all the government debt in the entire world.

The U.S. national debt is escalating out of control and all of these wars are not helping one bit.

Occupying and bombing all of these nations is not even making us safer.  In fact, it is creating more enemies than it is destroying.

In addition, our military is now spread so incredibly thin that there are real questions about our ability to respond if a major threat did actually arise.

If you support our troops, then you should want the U.S. government to stop trying to police the world.  We are getting a lot of young men and women hurt and killed and we are accomplishing a whole lot of nothing.

At the same time we are bombing nations all over the globe, Barack Obama is absolutely gutting our strategic nuclear arsenal and has made us far more vulnerable to real threats such as Russia and China.

It is almost as if our government is cursed.  It just cannot seem to do anything right these days.  Virtually everything that either George W. Bush or Barack Obama has tried to do has been an utter failure.

Look, I am pro-military.  My father was in the military.  The United States will always need a very strong military.

But trying to police the world is stupid.  Occupying and bombing countries all over the Middle East is a massive strategic mistake and it is creating a lot of new enemies.

Plus all of this military spending is contributing significantly to our national debt nightmare.

If someone can explain why I am wrong I would love to hear it….

The Beginning Of The End - The New Novel About The Future Of America By Michael T. Snyder
  • Virgnia

    Love to read your articles and hear all the facts and figures that that accompany the lunacy approach to the War on Terror. The real terrorists are the US government and we the people are supporting it with our tax dollars because if we object, we go to jail.

    • Ben Dover

      The way we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, we cannot win. I supported both of these actions in the early days, but it soon became apparent that we were not really trying to win.

      When is USA going to admit that the notion of “nation building” is a fool’s errand? We cannot bring these savages into the 21st century. We must keep in mind the lessons of Korea and Viet Nam…”We can’t want it more than they do”.

    • Ursupia Samantha

      It’s always good to hear different perspectives and I like to hear this debate, but I have just one thing to add to the mix. I don’t think it was ever America’s intention, back to the early 1900′s, to be the world’s police. After begging us to enter World War II, Europe had to contend that if we were to be in this war, we were going to do it our way…And here we are, in modern day.

      I want you all to know that if we don’t police the world, then who will? Because, make no mistake, someone will fill in our shoes, and you would be a fool to not realize that. So, who do you want it to be? When Haiti needs food, or civilians in Libya want help, who is going to help them? China?, Russia?… Would you be comfortable with Chinese Military Bases in Haiti? Mexico? Cuba?

  • Ben Dover

    We can if we get paid like one.

  • http://onlinerookies.com Kalen

    Um they know we were only given til August 2 to get the debt ceiling in order right? Are they trying to make things more interesting by pushing that date forward a bit with another version of “Operation Iraqi Freedom” against the entire world?

  • Concerned Reader

    The day when America has to choose between being a nanny state or the world’s policeman is quickly approaching. The national debt has already sky rocketed due to our major military endevours that have no long term benefit for the country.

    The best thing for the US to do is to shut down all of its bases from around the world and bring all of our tropps home. Once they are home place them on the souther border with Mexico because this is where the next terrorist attck will occure from. It makes no sense that we spend billions of dollars guarding south Korea from North Korea when our own border is left open like a shopping mall.

    What is truelly sad about our over seas empire is that most of the countries that we have posted tropps in call us “imperialists” but have the nerve to cling to our arm when it comes to defending them from bad guys. I say its time for the youth of these countries to guard their own borders and let us do the same for own border.

    Back in the early 2000s when Bush was talking about how we had to stop the terrorists in order to protect our freedoms and liberties. Well, it appears that America has lost more liberties and freedoms thanks to the War on Terror then it has defended. The government is spending more money on these wars then we spent during the hight of the Cold War.

    What is so silly about the war on terror is that do we really need a joint strike fighter to fight people that used box cutters to hijack an airplane? The FBI estimates that it cost OBL approxitmatly $500,000 to pull off 9/11 and here we are spending trillions of dollars fighting needless wars against people that do not want us in their country.

    As we hemorrhage money fighting these wars and being the world’s policeman, China is setting itself up to be the our successor. They are already studying our defense grid for weaknessess and are making preparations to be the daddy of not only Asia, but even the world. China will prove in the coming decades to be perhaps the greatest foe that the US has ever faced.

    However, what happens if the US suddenly quits being the world’s policeman? It is alot like a teacher leaving an unrly class room or a principle leaving the school. Everyone would run wild. Well, a lot of nasty things would occur as a result.

    First, China would take advanatge and attack Taiwan, which would be easy for them to accomplish. Then they would overtake Japan and then move in to dominate the Pacific region. North Korea would invade the south and annex it after a long and costly battle.

    Secondly, the entire Middle East would unite against Israel. We are already seeing this take place. Lead by a nuclear armed Iran, what I like to call the “Islamosphere” would find little resistance from the west to attack Israel if the US was not there to intervene. Eventually a full scale ground war would culminate into a nuclear exchange.

    Third, persecution of christians would intensify. The author of this blog wrote an article about this a while ago. If the US ceased to be in enemy territory, many nations would find that by attacking christians they can get back at the west because that religion represents the western world.

    Many other things would happen, but these three stand out as some of the biggest. However, I do not see the US stepping down volutarily from being the world’s police men. It will take a total economic collpase to end our reign. Sadly, it seems as though one could count the days until this happens.

    • Ben Dover

      Our overseas military adventures are not the only thing the USA wastes money on. We pay people to have more offspring that they give no thought to supporting, give every kind of aid to invaders who constantly pour over our borders, (while educating their offspring), penalize achievement, and the list goes on and on.

      Many awful things would happen if USA abandoned it’s foreign military adventures, but they are sure to be much worse if the possibility of renewed US involvement has been removed due to US financial collapse.

      I envision that USA will stubbornly cling to it’s overseas adventures until we suffer a complete, crushing collapse, and will have all we can handle to fend off scavengers from the corpse of the USA.

    • American Patriot

      I agree. The world insults us after asking us to spend billions in the past to help them in their wars, we ask nothing in return. We should leave the world on it’s own for a while. Maybe use some of that money on education, guarding our borders against drug trades. Conducting full scale raids on gangs. Hell, if they want us to feel safe, I am sure people fear gangs in the inner-cities more than terrorists thousands of miles away. Let the world experience our absent, we need to be more selfish about our own country. If we try to help and they curse us for it, just don’t help. If they ask for it later, don’t help. We use to be the white knights, now we are trying to be the white ARMY. I love the United Stated, but others hate it. Let them have their way.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE
  • Harry DuPraw

    I can’t believe that someone who can write so well on so many topics actually believes that we we are bombing just about everyone on this planet because we “are trying to police the world.” Have you read Economic Hit Man (or: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oARBdBtGenM) Do you know that the biggest genocide in history took right place right here, in N. America? Do you think the rulers of this country are serving the public interest? Where have you been? They are serving their own interests of wealth and power, and doing fantastically well, thank you very much. If anyone is stupid, it’s us, expecting this cabal to put the country’s interests ahead of there. They laugh at such naive notions. The international bankers controlling our country know they are destroying the USA–and they knew it as early as 1913, when they established the Federal Reserve. It’s not policing and stupidity that drives their actions, but psychopathic Alexander’s old dream: Enslave everyone, and be the top dog.

  • Mark McBee

    I buy 2 boba drinks twice a week when I go to work for about 6 months now. Today the price went from $2.30 to $2.50. No more boba drink for me. Taco Bell’s $1.99 deal meal is gone. It is now $2.49 plus tax. Food and energy prices are going up. Obama releases oil reserve is temporary to boost his rating for his re-election but the oil price will go up once he shuts off the reserve. And yes, the reserve will be gone too. In addition, China is benefiting from temporary oil price drops because they are using their massive dollar reserve to buy up the oil and stores it to their newly constructed huge oil containers.

  • Clockwork Elf

    Well your Nobel Laureate Emperor has announced he’s going to start bringing troops home from Afghanistan ……Wow, just in time for the election too (what are the odds?)

    The USA has squandered so much of its wealth, resources, and most tragically the lives of many soldiers, starting wars that can never be won.

    Most Americans a good and decent people ….if a little too idealistic at times. Unfortunately, most appear to take little interest in politics and many have a very poor understanding of history.

    Having said that, the rest of the world is actually no better. Many nations look smugly at the USA and love to criticize ……yet they fail to recognize the truly greatest document in human history: The Constitution of the USA.

    It is truly breathtaking when I hear American politicians (including Emperor Obama) criticize the constitution. Why are Americans not outraged about this?

  • bert

    actually it is not a strategic mistake, but a master stroke as the idea is to keep things accelerating in the mideast to induce the next world war. a master stroke if indeed you want war, which the west certainly wants!!

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    Like it or not the United States of American has become an Empire, and all Empires fail. It started in Vietnam and hasn’t really stopped the “War on Terror” accelerated a process that was already well underway.
    We cannot afford many more failed administrations, like this one and the one before. This one hasn’t a clue what it’s doing the last one was simply delusional.
    Many of the bases we have overseas should have been shut down after the fall of the Soviet Union, allies like Korea and Europe should have been told “It’s time you where on your own”. Had we done that much of the madness we face now here and abroad could have been avoided.

  • RevBryan

    The old folks used to say, “You can’t get blood from a turnip.” I suppose we’ll soon see if they like “turnip juice” because that’s about all their likely to get.

  • Dave

    All hope is lost for this country. Its too late to fix this mess. The Congress is corrupted beyond belief with special interest groups in their pockets. This country is going to completely collapse…soon…maybee a few more years at best. Enough time to load up on food, guns, precious metals. Use this time to get prepared…while others are busy watching reality TV.

  • Ben Dover

    Going back to pre-67 borders would be suicide for Israel. If they go along with this, they will deserve what they get. Their enemies make no secret of their ultimate goal.

    While I am not part of the “Protect Israel at any cost” crowd, they are closer to being out ally than any Muslim country. They will probably have to turn away from USA as a sugar daddy.

    The whole debt ceiling “debate” is a joke, just like the “debate” over illegal colonization. Remember the “grand bargain” ? After some huffing and puffing, they will cut a deal as always. Raising the debt ceiling will simply be legal cover to allow them to continue as they have been doing.

    Raising the debt limit has ALWAYS resulted in INCREASED spending. The USA’s creditors will let us know when the REAL limit has been reached.

    McLame is one of the worst. He now flies around and says: “Build the dang fence!”, but he has always pushed for some kind of amnesty scheme.

    NONE of them will stop spending or leave willingly. If they were all defeated in 2012, they would not leave. They would form a commission and “investigate” because the “American people surely did not mean to do this”.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Let them wipe each other out.

    • Ben Dover

      Tend to agree with Tatiana…,peace will come after one side or the other has been pounded mercilessly.

  • ezquiel

    is just like gerald celente predicted world war 3 has begun and is turning entire world against united states and its nato allies and obama putting nuclear weapons in poland and romania against russia

  • http://moneycrisisgameplan.com Money Crisis Game Plan

    Follow the money… The United States military is the strong arm of the elite international bankers, who is using our forces to eliminate Islamic banks(which compete with their banks) and to establish Rothchild-backed Central Banks (in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya).

    Bush and Obummer are just puppets who take orders from the elite bankers, who are moving us towards a one-world financial system.

    All these wars will ultimately cause our own destruction, as the U.S. defaults on it’s 14 Trillion dollar debt.

    Get financial education to protect your money now before 401k’s and IRA’s are worthless.

    http://moneycrisisgameplan.com/the-elevation-group-mike-dillard/

  • C P Wendt

    National defense is obviously not the goal of national defense. Looks more like isolationism
    by alienation of affections, while bleeding the US dry. Much of the war supplies aren’t made in the US. Most heavy manufacturing needed for a long lasting war is gone. We wouldn’t last long in all-out war. What are the origins of most enlisted military? Other nationalities? Prisons?

  • Perry K

    “Virtually everything that either George W. Bush or Barack Obama has tried to do has been an utter failure.”

    I disagree. The both have successfully accelerated the transfer of the nation’s wealth to the upper crust, done at the expense of the US Treasury and the middle class. I am not too sure about Obama’s motives, but IMHO, this was not a serendipitous outcome of Bush’s policies.

  • Mac

    How is:

    “If you went out today and started spending one dollar every single second, it would take you over 31,000 years to spend one trillion dollars.”

    a reason for:

    “Why The United States Can No Longer Afford To Be The Police Of The World”

    ?

    • Michael

      Because we can’t afford to spend any more money

      LOL

  • Nexus

    The decline of the US is eerily like the decline of the Roman Empire in terms of internal collapse – totally different historical context granted but when will it be impossible for America to support its many overseas ‘Legions’.

  • http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com Sheila

    We should not need reason to not bully and terrorize the world for the “sake of our freedoms”!

    It makes no difference about any ones ideology form of government or lifestyle, beating the shit out of an entire country for the sake of our freedoms!

    STOP COMPLYING WITH YOUR OWN SLAVERY

    http://www.placeofrefuge2012.com

  • Carl Jones

    People have a short memory. The US and UK had been through the 30`s depression and then faught WW2!! WW3 is coming.lol

  • William

    As long as American voters keep sending the SAME
    criminal trash back to the US House and the US Senate, there will be NO changes. YOU GET THE
    CONGRESS YOU VOTE FOR!

  • http://www.kerryhay.spiderweb.com.au Kerry Hay

    Yes, the U.S. spending is out of control, and why does the government e.g., the US (corporation) stop wasting money like there is no-tomorrow, because they are not responsible for this debt, and they should be held accountable for same, otherwise Americans will never see their country prosper, but collapse under the weight of mounting debt they can never recover from until that loan is repaid in full or become a third world power. America is not the Policeman of the World, no, on the contrary,it is seen as a terrorist regime out to destroy mankind and their cultures. One more thing, the United Nations are the Nazis.
    http://www.kerryhay.spiderweb.com.au

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    WAR PIGS>>>>>Generals gathered in their masses
    Just like witches at black masses
    Evil minds that plot destruction
    Sorcerers of death’s construction
    In the fields the bodies burning
    As the war machine keeps turning
    Death and hatred to mankind
    Poisoning their brainwashed minds
    ************ yeah!

    Politicians hide themselves away
    They only started the war
    Why should they go out to fight?
    They leave that role to the poor

    Time will tell on their power minds
    Making war just for fun
    Treating people just like pawns in chess
    Wait ’til their judgement day comes
    Yeah!

    Now in darkness world stops turning
    Ashes where the bodies burning
    No more war pigs have the power
    Hand of God has struck the hour
    Day of judgement, God is calling
    On their knees the war pig’s crawling
    Begging mercy for their sins
    Satan laughing spreads his wings
    ************ yeah!

    • El Pollo de Oro

      Now the time is here
      For Iron Man to spread fear
      Vengeance from the grave
      Kills the people he once saved

      Nobody wants him
      They just turn their heads
      Nobody helps him
      Now he has his revenge

  • JohnFromIreland

    POLICE THE WORLD????

    ************** – YOU ARE THE TERRORISTS.

    You have admitted it yourself in the article above, look at the statistics and the sheer volume of lives “American Freedom Fighters” have taken throughout your small lifetime.

    Sick of this selective criticism bullshit from yanks.

    • mondobeyondo

      Yikes!!

      As if Ireland (at least Northern Ireland) hasn’t suffered from terrorism in recent history.

      • JohnFromIreland

        Suffered from yes, but in Northern Ireland the terrorists there were not heading off across the world spreading “Peace bombs and Love bullets to entire countries”

        Nobody is perfect but what is happening in the US is beyond belief. The people are being enslaved and hypnotist into accepting it, the rest of your young men are heading off to war for an UNJUST cause and leaving the elite to destroy their future and their families futures back at home.

    • Guido

      What would you know about it?
      You mentioned it, so state it-how many lives have we taken? (And whose lives were they?)
      In what way are we terrorists?
      Because I’ve been there fighting terrorists and I don’t see how we’re the same.
      So go ahead, tell me how we’re terrorists.

      THEY ignore the Geneva Conventions.
      WE teach and observe the Geneva Conventions. (Troops get training on the G.C. at least yearly.)

      THEY use churches as places to conduct attacks, hide weapons, and plan operations.
      WE respect houses of worship and can’t even enter one of their churches.

      THEY kill women and children.
      WE try not to kill unarmed people as much as possible.

      THEY do not care who they kill.
      WE punish troops who kill the wrong people.

      THEY put bombs on retarded people and send them at checkpoints.
      WE try not to kill people.

      THEY throw women and children in front of convoys to stop them for ambushes.
      WE try to avoid hurting women and children.

      THEY handcuff people to the wheels of car bombs and force them to attack us.
      WE try not to kill unarmed people.

      THEY use explosives, poisons, traps, in addition to the usual guns and rockets.
      WE follow the Geneva Convention rules on weapons.

      THEY take hostages.
      WE have never taken a hostage.

      THEY hide behind women and children.
      WE hide behind no one.

      THEY cut people’s heads off and video tape it for propaganda.
      WE have never cut someone’s head off, nor do we tape prisoners for propaganda. (In fact, we punish troops who take pics of prisoners-Geneva Convention)

      THEY destroy infrastructure.
      WE build/rebuild infrastructure.

      THEY beat and/or kill women who exhibit any form of individualism or independence.
      WE enlist women and treat them equally.

      THEY blow up people who vote in elections.
      WE turn power over to the locals and encourage them to vote for their own leaders.

      THEY impose religion on people.
      WE respect others’ religious views.

      THEY beat and torture and murder prisoners.
      WE treat prisoners well in accordance with the Geneva Convention. (In fact, they were frequently better-fed than our own people. The ones at Gitmo don’t seem to be living in terror of us.)

      So how are we terrorists?

  • El Pollo de Oro

    One of my favorite political websites is Antiwar.com, which is published by libertarian/paleoconservative Justin Raimondo. Neocon bastards like Jonah Goldberg (the miserable little snake at the National Review), Bill Kristol and that crazy, drooling ex-Maoist David Horowitz hate Raimondo with a passion. But Raimondo, a Ron Paul supporter, is right on the money when he says that the empire fantasies of the neocons simply aren’t sustainable. The price tag is too high, and the country is tapped out.

    But even though The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) is now a Third World basketcase with a staggering federal deficit, a collapsing economy, sky-high unemployment, a dying middle class and an anemic currency, the neocons won’t give up their empire/nation-building fantasies. As much of a war hawk has Barack Obama has been, neocon Liz Cheney (ghoulish daughter of the equally vile Dick “Deficits Don’t Matter” Cheney) thinks he hasn’t been hawkish enough. The Obama Administration, for all its militarism and aggression, could never be bloodthirsty enough to satisfy Liz Cheney and the rest of the devilish neocon cabal.

    Get ready for wars, wars and more wars. But none of those wars will save the BRA from its inevitable downfall. This is the 11th hour for The Banana Republic of America, formerly the USA.

  • Notalways

    You cannot dissolve a military made up mostly of young men and women and not have jobs for them to come home to.
    We cannot afford to police the world either, but we need a military non the less.
    If you were to end the military bring everyone home, most would be on public assistance.
    That is the sad truth, there are not enough jobs, because we do not produce anything in this country.
    So for now this military is the only solution.

    • mondobeyondo

      The saddest thing for me, is that so many of our veterans coming back from overseas, are homeless, jobless, mentally unable to cope with life (war tends to do that), and addicted to alcohol or other drugs. What options are left? Sign up for another tour of duty?

      That is no way to treat people who fought for the freedoms you and I enjoy today.

  • http://boomerscaboose.blogspot.com/ Boomers Caboose

    What a bunch of great replies. I wish I knew some of you rather than the mix of ignorant people in my 3D world. It’s frustrating being aware when so many have their head in a hole. Like trying to convince them that the sky is blue and they want you to prove it or they don’t care to look up in the first place.

    I have no idea what the number (% population) is who have some idea of what is really happening geo-policically/economically but it must be fairly small. As far as the percentage of those who are at least aware of the cracks in the wall, how many % wise are preparing?
    Probably a smaller number yet.

    We are f@#ked. That said, I’m in fairly active lecture and browbeat mode with friends and co-workers now. Be the ant.

    I’m finding way more people interested and aware of the need for preparedness now than even six months and certainly a year ago.

  • C P Wendt

    http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110703/ap_on_re_us/us_disasters_who_s_in_charge

    It’s civilian. It’s military. It’s both!
    “The Defense Department is grooming a new type of commander to coordinate the military response to domestic disasters……The officers, called dual-status commanders, would be able to lead both active-duty and National Guard troops — a power that requires special training and authority because of legal restrictions on the use of the armed forces on U.S. soil.” Not to worry! They work on the soil, not the population.

  • Piglet

    There is a huge misunderstanding about the US being the “world’s policeman.” It is nothing of the sort and never has been. The US invades whom it wants, bombs whom it wants, overthrows the governments it wants, etc., and it has nothing to do with democracy, fairness, liberty, etc. The US has been quite content to overthrow democracies and install brutal dictators when it has suited the US. It has also been quite content to let atrocities take place, in locations such as Africa, when there was nothing “in it for us.” Anyone who is unaware of this just hasn’t been paying attention for many decades. Rather than the “world’s policeman,” we are the world’s biggest thug, and I say this as a former Army paratrooper and Air Force officer. I finally woke up to reality.

  • Gods Creation

    Seems that most people still don’t know who the enemy is and believe the “United States” is somehow related to the People of the states united by and under the Constitution.

    The United States is a private bankrupted corporation held in receivership by international bankers. Those bankers claim ownership of everything in the world.

    The United States is enforcing the dollar standard and bringing rogue dictators (defined as anyone that wants out of the dollar) down to install puppet dictators that will support the crimes of the bankers.

    If you think the United States is a legitimate government policing the world, wake up. It is nothing of the sort. The United States can continue bombing anybody it wants as long as its owners can print money that the world takes.

    All the people need to do to defeat the banks is quit using their money and reclaim ownership of all property through force of Constitutional law.

  • mondobeyondo

    So just what are we spending these thousands upon thousands of killed and broken lives on? Not to mention the billions and billions of dollars of treasure? What are we accomplishing?

    Well, we did find and kill So-Damn-Insane in Iraq. Feels pretty good. (waving American flag…USA! USA!) We rid that country of a brutal, evil dictator. There’s no doubt that guy was not an angel. Now we get to clean up the mess left behind. You know, Pottery Barn rules – “you break it, you fix it”. What’s left? An unhappy mix of Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and a few Al-Queda operatives who’ll set off an IED or blow up a marketplace every so often.

    Afghanistan? We started off trying to get Osama bin Laden after 9/11. Too bad we waited that long, should have gotten him in the late 90′s after the African embassy bombings and the USS Cole attack. Ten years later, we did get him, and he’s now sleeping with the fishes. (waving American flag…USA! USA!) I’ve often wondered about the whole bin Laden thing. “You idiots, what do you mean you can’t find him? He was giving an interview on Al-Jazeera the other night, damnit!! Get a satellite to lock in the coordinates.. arghhhhh!!” But I digress.

    In the meantime, we’ve fought the Taliban, beaten back the Taliban, fought the Taliban again, gained a few new Al-Qaeda enemies… and the beat goes on. Afghanistan is where empires go to die. The USSR thought it would be a piece of cake, too.

    Pakistan? Aren’t they our allies in the “war on terror”? (chuckle!) Oh yeah. They are our allies as long as they do what we tell them to do. Guess what? Pakistan doesn’t like having someone else dictate to them. And they still haven’t explained how bin Laden was living there, quite literally under their noses! And they didn’t know?!?!

    Libya… what the hell are we doing there? Yeah, Kha-Daffy Duck is a bit loony, I get that. But so is Kim Jong-il. Is he next? Nah. Provoking North Korea could set off a regional or even world war or something. Don’t want to risk it. Hey, let’s march into Syria and really rattle some sabers!! Another little Arab country we could push around, right? Ooooh, they’ll just call their good friends in Iran to take care of business. The Iranians have nukes, right? [Maybe, maybe not.] We’ll take both Iran and Syria out – if Israel doesn’t do it first!! Woo-hoo… World War III, here we come!

    So here we are… July 4th, 2011, and what have we done? Another war over, a new one just begun. (Slight twist to John Lennon’s “So This is Christmas”. *sigh*) I hope we make it to July 4th, 2012… in one PEACE…and without having the sheeple converted to a mob of flag waving, patriotic song singing Yankee Doodle Doo-Doo by the corporate elite.

  • http://blakecushing1org.blogspot.com/ Blake Cushing

    The solution to all of this exaggerated intercourse with the fraud of my fellows is the simple worship of the True. We worship advantage and our greed more than our wives and children. Forget about God. This is perversion. The seeking of gain through the loss of another is humbling fruit. Always.
    Suppression of anything that is True, does not work. Look at Gay Pride all over the world. Coming out is useful for us all. Tell the truth about myself first, where germane. All of it. Nothing left out. It is required.

    B

  • Thomas

    “#13 If you went out today and started spending one dollar every single second, it would take you over 31,000 years to spend one trillion dollars.”

    And if 31,000 people did that all at once, it would only take one year. How many bureaucrats and politicians are there in the federal government?

    • 11BSoldier

      It’s funny because it’s true.

  • Guido

    I don’t know what colleges teach these days, but when I was in school, I remember studying geopolitical theory. The idea at the time was how best to maintain order among various nations. One idea was the bipolar world, where 2 states are more powerful than all the rest,i.e. the Cold War. Another idea was a multi-polar world, where several nations are the most powerful and vie with each other for status. Finally, there’s the uni-polar world, which is what we have now. The US has outspent, outfought, and outlasted all other comers for some time now. The US, UK, and USSR defeated the powers that sought to disrupt the previous order. The UK faded while the US and USSR rose in prominence. The US faced down the USSR and saw the USSR fade from the scene, leaving it with a hegemony for roughly 20 years, however the US is now fading.

    Following this, I believe we’ll see more chaos, not less. You may rail against US imperial ambitions, however I think you would have a hard time finding a less oppressive empire, if this is, in fact, an empire. For one, we do not actually control much of the world directly. We exercise control with economic means, not arms. That’s a fundamental difference with most of the world’s history. I think you could find the empire is more by businesses which control or influence the fedgov than the other way around.

    Have you ever read Confessions of an Economic Hitman? It’s a book by a businessman/engineer who worked to help set up poor nations for development loans they could never hope to pay back. The World Bank and IMF loans he and others got for poor nations insured they were on the hook to the west and were forced to make concessions to businesses. He created models that promised unparalleled growth, IMF made the loan, the money went to Bechtel and KBR and others, and the poor nation remained poor, but beholden to the West, which bankrolled the IMF. Interestingly, he showed a connection between these organizations and US intelligence and he was almost recruited by the NSA. If his story is true, then it sort of makes the US gov a tool for others.

    Personally, I think a 3 power world would be best as long as no power predominated, but I don’t think it is realistic.

    I think the Cold War world was still pretty good, since it kept most of the world united on one side or the other of 2 major political systems.

    The current world… well, I think the US fills an important role, or it could fill an important role, but I think we pissed away a lot of good will and success since 1990. For instance, I wonder if the Russians would have been quite so hostile to our interests if we hadn’t continued to screw with them after the USSR fell? And I wonder if the War on Terror could have been prevented, had Clinton taken Bin Laden when Yemen offered him?

    Our economy might have been better, had we not wasted the so-called peace dividend on more military stuff in the 1990s. We might have had a better reputation, had we not sent troops into every country or if we had done more to help poor states to modernize and take care of themselves back then.

    There seems to be a funny link between providing effective development aid to a state rather than waiting for them to get into trouble and then sell weapons.

    Again, much of what our government does is controlled or guided by Big Money interests. Look up our interventions in South America in the late 1900s.

    But right now, I feel better with a single state world than white might come next. At least we can try to stop SOME chaos, if we try, although our new economic woes seem to presage the end of that. Rome never expanded beyond her borders after she started hiring bandits to guard her borders and I think we’ve gotten to that point some time ago, since we no longer guard our borders.

    You may all be dreaming of these days soon enough…

  • infidella

    It’s not about policing the world anymore. We’re in 6 countries because obama has taken over the military and is using it as a contracted-out army for muslims. Disgusting and disgraceful. If we don’t run this guy out of office in or by 2012, we may as well all just hunker down with out stored-up food, water, and weapons, ‘cos going out in public isn’t going to be worth it anymore (on that subject — the holder injustic department is currently investing big city polic deparments for “civil rights cases.”)

  • Georgiaboy61

    The Founding Fathers warned Americans not to go abroad “in search of monsters to destroy.” They realized that almost any usurption of liberty can be rationalized in the name of defense of the nation. They also saw how massive war debts had crippled the nations of Europe. The U.S. was thrust into the role of defender of the free world after WWII, and fulfilled that role during the Cold War. However, with the fall of the Iron Curtain, we should have resumed the status belle ante, and withdrawn back to our own shores – but we didn’t. Now we have an illegitimate, illegal president in office, who thinks nothing of using the military as his personal army – and no one in Congress is stopping him! Obama may very well get away with starting WWIII, and no one seems concerned in the least.

  • SMASH THE CONTROL MACHINE

    Therefore, we warn all prospective investors not to dare go bargain shopping for our public property and land in Greece, unless they realize the high risk of their investment. In the above case, the investment will be considered “welcome” in the country where, when somebody deprives the people of their freedom, they can give birth to a Kanaris¹ or demolish a bridge in Gorgopotamos².

    The People’s Assembly of Syntagma Square 03/07/2011

  • http://none Noel Martineau, USA

    Here’s the short version. It makes no difference if you vote Republican or Democratic. Parties haven’t elected a president in 50 years. Politicians especially in the foreign service are appointed by Secret Societies. Since Americans don’t want to believe NAFTA and the United Nations are pulling our strings and that they are not in charge, they will never accept this. The 6 war problem isn’t going to get any better either. Wars are monetarized paid for since Vietnam this way. It’s unlikely that insider banks are going to get tired of raking in their 6% cut off the top of all money they can print.

  • Thomas Jefferson – USA/Babylon

    The USA/Mystery Babylon is under God’s curse, and will only suffer further decline & defeat in the years to come, culminating in total destruction.

    “And I heard a voice from Heaven, saying: Come out of her, my people, that you may not partake of her sins and suffer her plagues..”

    Anyone who reads the writting on the wall should IMMEDIATELY move himself and his family out of the USA, before the Hand of God strikes !

  • Dav

    None of the above.
    Our leadership is 99% Lawyers. What do you expect?
    The situation is simple. The real people in charge I call The Powers That Be. They sit behind the puppets and take instructions on what they are to do.
    It is called the ability to deny you know them.
    You want good health care? Break up the AMA(American Medical Association).
    Get free education and a living wage to anyone qualified and willing to become a doctor. The marketplace will take care of the rest.
    You want to get rid of the wars? Mind Your Own Business. Bring the troops home. Quit spending money on military projects to conquer nations abroad.
    You want employment at home. Put out decent products that are better than those put out by those abroad. You know who I am talking about General Electric and General Motors. Better known as Garbage instead of General. It wasn’t always like that. Companies that put out shoddy products should die in the marketplace.
    The consumer people put out surveys of products. That is where the shoddy product statement comes from. It is like getting a report card with all “F” grades on it.
    You want to have supplements? Get out of the UN. Send them all home. Let them sponge off someone else. They are behind the regulation world wide of supplements.
    Take every agency of the US government that interferes with our private lives and disband them. Every do good agency out there is from the devil. Don’t believe it? Just look at the rap sheets of some of the things they have done. The good book says you will know them by their fruits. It is true.
    I think a lot of what I have just said would resolve a lot of problems. Right now our Social Security is in jeopardy. Did they think of that when they bailed out the last of the big gamblers in the big banks? I doubt it. But they will come hat in hand and reduce our pensions. Enough said.

  • Mark

    The military has become a workfare haven.

    There are plenty of jobs that pay as much or more than the military.

    Also, I don’t follow that whole “just following orders” mantra. I didn’t fly with the Nazi’s, and it doesn’t fly today. The soldiers are just as much to blame. No one forced them to join. Telling me to blame the politicians is a cop-out.

    Technology and intelligence prevents domestic and foreign terrorism, and not some soldier shooting a poor brown man in Afghaistan. Stop enlisting. Join the police force. Become a truck driver. Anything but the military. We will be just fine with a reduced military.

  • A.R. Donoho

    One more point: there are 46 other countries that have military personnel in Afghanistan All 46 have a greater vested interest in that country than we do because they live in that part of the world. We don’t.
    When you are listening to people’s arguments on withdrawal, substitute the word “Vietnam” for “Afghanistan” and “Vietcong” for”Taliban” and you will see that it is the same speech. And how is Vietnam doing since we left. Just fine, thank you.

  • Eyes wide open

    Oh geeee? You want to be still be the police military?…then go police all your own police thugs and corrupted justice system instead that are also taking over your country. Isn’t this all part of dealing with domestic terrorism too, is it not? Heck I could mention about how corrupt your own gov. really is to the military and I could go on and on but I am not.

    This article is an obvious insult to every single non-american out there.
    Are you americans still sooooo caught up on perks and a paycheck under the guise of patriotism, that you all still use as a lame excuse and blindly defend it? Well you are not fooling the rest of us.
    Sad. Real sad.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12eNAovkDTM Willerundi

    We control all 5 oceans… No country can compete with our Navy at this point, and economically, it’s better to be our friend than our enemy… we can stop anything bad that we catch… like sending arms to anywhere…

    There’s a book called “The Next 100 Years” by a guy named Friedman… Look into it… and then look at a map… Really fascinating… It’s stability that the US is looking for, mainly… Feed us the oil as long as you can and then we’ll change things…

  • Mike

    First, China would take advanatge and attack Taiwan, which would be easy for them to accomplish. Then they would overtake Japan and then move in to dominate the Pacific region. North Korea would invade the south and annex it after a long and costly battle.”

    No, you like many others in the U.S., are misinformed, which is why you elect the dummies you do who latter make decisons that cost U.S. types jobs while providing foriegners with more jobs/profit/revenue to tax and build their own countries while shutting you out. Repeat cycle.

    What would happen if the U.S. would pull its bases out of Japan, (or if Japan voided the security treaty now in place) would be that (informed opinion) Japan would rearm from space which it now controls very well in the Asia region and control China and Asia just like it was 1940 all over again. China has only 1 aircraft carrier, which it didnt even make, it bought as scrap from some Euro country and its taken them 10 years to refurbish it. In WW2 Japan had how many aircraft carriers? Japans technology is min. 50 years ahead of anything in China. Do you think Japan would just sit by and let China come to its shores? No, it would be WW2 all over again. Japan doesnt fear China, its the other way around, they consider them to be inferior. If you had left your comfort zone you would know this. Now, I dont defend Japan, Japan did many attrociites in WW2 to China and others, but your little rant about how China is going to take over the world is misguided. Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore even said this in interviews with Charile Rose, watch it on you tube. China is taking over the world economically due to stupidity of governments around the world, and also due to them realizing their own potential. China can only bully small neighbor countries, they dare not offend Japan as they know their potential. China might end up bullying the U.S. if we keep selling them securities and inside investment. The world is complex and requires leaders who understand it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-CrNlilZho Ben Dover (America)
  • 11BSoldier

    This article does not show any of the benefits of acting as global police. First of all, does anybody here understand the atrocities that Saddam Hussein inflicted on his own people? If anybody tries to argue that eliminating him was not a good idea then there is clearly an issue. There is a financial cost that affects us, yes. But in the grand scheme of things, any financial issues we inflict upon ourself in order to liberate a foreign country from tyrrany is WORTH IT. I consider myself an Independant politically, so for anybody that wants to argue that I’m a Republican warhawk is wrong. I just feel strongly that a policy that stops us from being a military power, and more importantly a policy that prevents us from using this military power to protect the weak is wrong.

  • Zach

    Cite your sources sir.

    • Michael

      Just click on the link for each point.

      Michael

  • High School Student

    Who created this article?? I need to know simply becuase I’m using it in a research paper.. Please and thank you?

    • Michael

      My name is Michael and I am the author of this article. :)

      Michael

  • LEON RAY

    THE U.S.A IS A THIRD WORLD NATION NOW U CAN`T BE GOD OF THE WORLD .

  • Hannah

    Oh pardon me, you cite one source a “high ranking” Russian diplomat, whose “convinced.” Wow do I sure believe you now Michael. . .

  • DJ

    You’re NOT wrong…and that’s from a combat vet. I’ve been saying this for years. I’ll always support the troops as well, but I’m sick and tired of seeing them sent to so many places where we have NO BUSINESS BEING! We’re now about to get involved in Syria…Really?!! WHY?!! Because of chemical weapons? I’d still like to know how that makes it the business of the United States…and I’m even more tired of the fact that Washington can get us involved no matter what the U.S. citizens think.

  • Kolton K

    America
    is a Nation with a mission – and that mission comes from our most basic
    beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim
    is a democratic peace – a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of
    every man and woman.

    George W. Bush

    Though we are not Rome…. we are the light of world. If we flicker the shadows will grow.

    conscience vs intelligence.

    Would you deny a man water even if you couldn’t afford it?

  • Bobby

    The United States need a leader that will cut the military spending while still spending enough to be on top and focus on trying to repair our weak and embarrising infranstructure and if we stop bombing and leave nations in the Middle East alone then they might leave us alone and then the government won’t have a reason to turn us into a modern nazi germany and a militant dictatorship

  • http://www.teawithft.blogspot.com/ Per Kurowski

    You have to make a difference between being the policeman for the world and the nation builder of the world

    Question. If the USA does not want to be the policeman of the world, might not the world want to hold less of its dollars?

    http://subprimeregulations.blogspot.com/2013/01/handcuffed-by-triple-rating.html

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