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U.S. must increase military strength

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With our military budget calling for large reductions in military personnel and weaponry, our nation needs to watch two powerful nations: Russia and China.

These countries have embarked on massive military buildups of their military forces as well as their weapons. The United States must remain the strongest nation in the world. We cannot allow our military defenses to be weakened.

It is critical to maintain our military strength as a nation. The Russians and Chinese could precipitate a new arms race. The world cannot afford a return to the days of the Cold War, when the United States, the Soviet Union and Communist China were potential adversaries with enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world 10 times over.

Do not reduce our military ability.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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American from Queens says:
I agree we should stay strong, but a country's military strength is dependent on economic strength. We are already spending FAR more on our military than any other nation. ( China doesn't even spend one-quarter of what we do. Russia spends about one-eighths.

But your fears are not unfounded. We are in the midst of weakening ourselves economically b/c we do not invest in education, infrastructure and research. These are all things that other rising countries, such as China, have done with prudence, and they are beginning to reap the benefits of focusing their resources on the foundation of their strength, which is their economy. The U.S. military will inevitably decline if we cannot support it with economic power, and the way we are slashing support for our education and not investing in things like internet infrastructure (do you know in Hong Kong, there is 1 gigabyte per second internet available for $25 per month?) we are setting ourselves up for the decline of our strength, military and otherwise. No, it's not time to spend more, or even keep spending at the rate we are. We need to re-define our priorities, b/c spending trillions on weapons today won't mean we'll be strong tomorrow.
June 16, 2012, 11:06 am
R from Queens says:
As President Dwight D. Eisenhower once indicated, America's downfall will come through its reckless influence from the defense industry. As he stood in front of Congress and boldy declared "I refuse to spend any more in military spending than absolutely needed", he predicted America's clear path to its downfall. Right now, America spends 200 times more on military than the next 6 nations combined. Such spending is absolutely reckless and unnecessary. America's on its path to bankruptcy clear and simple. Caesar said it best in desribing patriotrism as a "double edged sword" that "emboldens the blood and narrows the mind".
June 22, 2012, 9:02 pm

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