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.