Nothing lasts forever. No nation is on top forever. Look at the Roman empire, what are they doing now? The US has not been #1 in a lot of categories for a while. It may still be around but it won't be as powerful as it once was.
Actually the largest army is not always the one which exists the longest. For example what good is an army when your country is radioactive? Things have changed much since the days of fighting with swords or even guns and missiles, now is the ability to destroy the land in long term. The cold war taught us that the size of armies are no longer as important as the threat of mass destruction.
Not to mention that we have US troops working for the UN, and we have UN troops on US soil...
I myself am a marine wife and i don't see this nation coming to an end anytime soon. But with Obama in office we are gonna have some problems. I mean he just got a dang Noble Peace Prize and he hasn't done ANYTHING. It's people that think he is a freaking King that are ruining this country. Yes he is the first black president but i think it is funny they have yet to show us his birth certificate or that he is even a American Born citizen (being that is the only way to be president). I saw a clip on the news the other day where children where singing praise songs to him. Our country is definitely in some trouble but I don't think that it will end. I am just afraid that Obama is gonna go way to far with this and we are gonna have another JFK incident.
As for the huge military spending...that money has gone to other countries not us. My husband is a mechanic in the Marines and their budget for his shop for a quarter is less than a cost of an engine. In one week they spend more than their budget. And you should be proud to live in this country where we are free and we have people SACRIFICE their lives so that we and our children can live a great life..
The money does NOT go to other countries for military spending, Military spending is for MILITARY spending, it does not include aid to other countries etc. The only way it goes to other countries is because we are always at war IN other countries. I agree that the men on the ground get the least of the money though and are often stuck fighting in Vietnam war era flac jackets due to the lack of accountability in the military and their accounting. They lost 2 trillion dollars in 2001... LOST it... then how many times have they been caught buying 20,000$ toilet seats? Cooking the books I think they call it... The money mostly ALL gets funneled directly to haliburton and blackwater etc. So private soldiers get HUGE pay increases and bonus's while those enlisted suffer. Then even haliburton overcharges the marines and other soldiers for their crappy food.
reminds me of the movie "IRAQ for Sale"
I don't have to show anybody my Birth Certificate!!
You do if you want a job... its mandatory ever since right after 9/11. I cant recall what the form is called, but anyone who got a job recently should know... it needs 3 forms of identification and gives you a list. Passport or birth certificate is one. As for needing his birth certificate, I find it strange the amount of money he spent to keep it secret... super strange, but I think its not as important as him doubling the troops in Afghanistan after promises to bring troops home...
I think the news just focuses on the birth certificate, because they do EVERYTHING they can to prove that anyone who opposes Obama's ideas are just racist. Everyone who is not racist loves Obama. haha, they do that at those Tea Parties too. they see hundreds of people, lawyers, private citizens, etc. all claiming they don't like the bailouts, or healthcare (depending on the rally) and the news will find one hick and do everything they can to make him look racist or maybe even find a real racist, and do all they can to prove that the entire rally is just racist. They do not ever try to get their message across, just marginalize and discount the entire rally as racist or ignorant children. Or people afraid of the word "socialism" etc. its the same tactic used when Bush was in office that claimed anyone who was against Bush was anti-American.
That's the difference between democrats and republicans... One says "your Un-American, your too liberal, you sympathize with terrorists" and the other says "your a bad man, you don't care about others, your racist" but both of them actually listen to what you say, or actually act on behalf of the people.. both boost up the number of troops dying for money on foreign soil while leaving our own soil unprotected and bankrupt.