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    America's Superpower "Burden"

    All things considered, is being a world's Military superpower a burden on America?

    Obama yet again is getting heat from the right for his remarks at the Nuclear Summit.

    "It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them," Obama said. "And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."



    IMO, yes it is a burden, and Obama summed it up in one sentence. We lose American lives and spend money we barely have on our military (around $1 trillion a year, last I heard). We spend more on our military than the next top 10 countries COMBINED! And for what? So we can be the world police? Yes, our causes are often just, but should it be our job to be the Democracy Crusaders? Why should we be the ones who send the most troops... spend the most money... lose the most lives? We've spent more than a trillion dollars on Iraq. I wonder what kinds of things we could have done with that money back home? Maybe given the tax payers another break? I feel Obama's comments were absolutely appropriate and the right IMO is just too proud to agree with him. Either that or they're just trying to find one more ridiculous thing to make fun of him for.
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    Re: America's Superpower "Burden"

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    Obama yet again is getting heat from the right for his remarks at the Nuclear Summit.

    "It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them," Obama said. "And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."

    All things considered, is being a world's superpower a burden on America?
    Only if we let it.

    What The Obama said is fine so far as it goes; if that's the 'rational' basis for voluntarily reducng our status as a superpower, then any issue taken is legitmate.

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    Re: America's Superpower "Burden"

    It's definitely a burden, i can't see it in anyway that it wouldn't be a little bit of a burden, but the benefits of being a world's superpower far outweigh the burden's in my opinion.

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    Re: America's Superpower "Burden"

    Security has a price tag unfortunately
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    Re: America's Superpower "Burden"

    Its a burden if you guys think it is the only thing that matters.
    The States will dominate the world for a while still and be a big player in the foreseeable future.

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    Re: America's Superpower "Burden"

    I view it as a burden primarily because it puts us in the position of being hated by much of the world. Other than that, it drains huge amounts of money from our economy, but that's our own fault for trying to get involved in every penny ante country that "needs" our support.
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    Re: America's Superpower "Burden"

    Honestly, America wouldn't have this burden if the rest of the world didn't depend on us for protection. Europe has been slacking off when it comes to self defense.

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    Re: America's Superpower "Burden"

    We don't need to get involved in other people's affairs and we don't. We do things for our strategic advantage, and not much more. When their was a genocide going down in Rwanda, Darfur, what did the US do? Nothing. If we were the champions of democracy and world's policeman we should have gotten involved. But because we are not liberators we don't share much of a burden. Anything we do is for our own sake and no one elses, and that is what the world gets upset at. They only wish they could have our strength to go invade their neighbors without the worry of the US bombing them for trying to challenge our rule.
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    Re: America's Superpower "Burden"

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Honestly, America wouldn't have this burden if the rest of the world didn't depend on us for protection. Europe has been slacking off when it comes to self defense.
    In your opinion,where is the threat to Europe?

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    Re: America's Superpower "Burden"

    Quote Originally Posted by angrybeaver View Post
    In your opinion,where is the threat to Europe?
    We know terrorists have attacked several European countries. It doesn't have to be an immediate threat, threats will rise up in the future. If anything Russia and Iran pose threats to Europe currently.

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