Originally Posted by Doggcow
Or we could conquer the world!
Ageed! We should do that through trade!....however....
Even if we conquered the world successfully the problem then relies on "keeping" the world. We do not, can not, and will not have a large enough standing army.
Our staggering military budget is so that we can get fight exceedingly well in a standup fight. Oddly enough the "bad guys" in Afghanistan are killing our men with stuff we throw away. We do not do well in police actions. Any country fighting us need merely surrender and then we weary and forget why we were went there.
One of the failings of consumerism is we tend to think everything has a price or we can buy whatever we want. Nowhere in the military budget do you hear conversations about cross training, military accounting, or efficiency. You just hear the words "cut" or "downsize" which is reckless. Military needs to answer their own question. How do you do more with less?