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February 10, 2014

Obama's Military Wind Down

The best way to understand Mr. Obama’s predicament is to compare it with that of previous presidents who wound down major wars.... Dwight D. Eisenhower after Korea, Richard M. Nixon after Vietnam, and the first George Bush, after the Cold War, said much the same thing. Their less-is-more record contains good news for Mr. Obama, and clear warnings. The Price of Pulling Back From the World,  New York Times, February 9, 2014
Things are different now. We are losing our superiority over the rest of the world. The center of the world economy is shifting eastward towards China and India.

Per a research study completed by the National Intelligence Council,
"By 2030 Asia will be well on its way to returning to being the world’s powerhouse, just as it was before 1500."
Presently the Defense budget of the United States is equal to the combined defense budgets of the next 13
countries in the world. The explosion of the digital economy is making it easier for other nations to catch up. Future dominance of the world is going to rely less on military might and more on economic might. The strength of ones economy always played a role in world dominance. In a more equal world ones economy will play an even bigger role.

It is interesting to note that soon after taking office and while winding down the Korean War President Eisenhower had his Secretary of  State and Director of the CIA, who were brothers, covertly overthrowing governments in Iran, Guatemala and three other countries. This is a significant reason  we have our present problems with Iran and which we tend to ignore. Remember, Eisenhower was the President warning us about the Military Industrial Complex.

If we are to continue to be a power in the world abroad, we need to be a powerful nation at home. Our focus need to be fixing our many domestic issues including inequality.

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