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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Now. The WWIII armies are gone. Never to come back.

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  • GVChamp
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    Are you referring to the 70s or aughts?

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    What global footprint?

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  • GVChamp
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    I don't see this as "informed commentary." This is the normal doom and gloom pessmism that suggests lowering expectations, that you see in pretty much every online article. I guess it's good that he knows about the long standing Persian-Roman rivalry, but that doesn't apply to the US at all.
    Compare 1970s America to modern America and get back to me about how modern America cannot afford a global foot-print.

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  • DOR
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    the cheapest of state universities charge each resident full-time student around $10,000 per year on tuition alone.
    I guess no one bothered to consider scholarships . . .

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  • Doktor
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    Don't look at France and UK. Their decline was backed by a superpower.

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  • DonBelt
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    It would be nice from a taxpayer point of view- we didn't sign a contract saying we would be responsible for the defense of the world. But unfortunately we manage our affairs in this country (US) in such a way that we can't disengage from world affairs. We are dependent on resources only available to us from overseas sources, our trade passes through choke points bordered by unstable or failed/hostile nations, and we have citizens traveling everywhere. We would need to change a lot about ourselves and our habits before we could voluntarily quit superpower status. Even so, I would not give up a large, modern military. If history shows one thing, it's always that when a nation lets it's military decline or contract an urgent crisis will arise requiring it. And catch up is a hard and expensive game to play. Oh, and I would throw in somewhere in there "Nature abhors a vacuum".

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    The downside is that you get pushed around by those who think you're full of crap and take your lands, ie the Visogoths and the Huns.

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    An observant commentator

    It is not very often that one finds informed commentary on the comment threads following most articles online. In fact, the vast majority of comments make their original publishers look foolish. However, on Yahoo!News, not the likeliest of places in which to find informed commentary, I found the following comment by an American reader known as "Tran Thai Tong".

    The longest conflict in history consisted of the wars that were fought between Persian and Roman empires, the SUPERPOWERS of their age. These wars lasted 795 years. By the end of this period the citizens of both of these SUPERPOWERS were angry, exhausted, and frustrated financially and morally. Both of these empires had reached the last stage that ANY SUPERPOWER will INEVITABLY reach. At this stage, the economical, financial, and moral prices of maintaining the status-quo of a superpower, much less expanding it, outruns the benefits of maintaining such status-quo. This will make the decline of ANY SUPERPOWER inevitable. It is sad and painful, but as taxpayers we should realize that America is currently at this stage. This is best evidenced in America's Incredible Debt Shock (AIDS (politically)) of $17,000,000,000,000, our disastrous healthcare system, and our failing education system, which allows the cheapest of state universities charge each resident full-time student around $10,000 per year on tuition alone.
    If America gradually quits its SUPERPOWER status, all of its taxpayers will be better off, because all of these trillions of dollars that are spent to keep this status-quo will be spent at home, to fight poverty, create jobs, and provide cheap, or even education and healthcare for all its citizens. This is what happened in Britain and France after both countries seized to be SUPERPOWERS.
    My hat's off to this guy.

    The original article can be found here: McCain: 'Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country'
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