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American Military Might: A Double-Edged Sword

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The U.S. military has, over time, steadily evolved into a massive, dominating force on this planet. America's military might towers over the world; it has no peer, it is seemingly invincible and its outreach in the world is limitless. However, this military power is proving to be a double-edged sword that cuts both ways.

How can that possibly be? Well, the phrase double-edged sword refers to something that has or can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences; that is, a sword with two edges could solve one problem through the use of force and, by that very action, generate other unwanted problems.

As a result of our current policies and strategies involving war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, America has arrived at a critical crossroads. This regional war is currently in its ninth year, the longest war in U.S. history. There is no clear resolution in sight. It becomes clearer each day that what we are trying to accomplish is not working, will not work and is destined for total failure; we are involved in an immense quagmire as the NATO and U.S. coalition forces are slowly but surely being neutralized by an enemy that strikes from the shadows with its own deadly form of violence.

War and America are now inextricably intertwined; war has become a part of our culture, our societal fabric. We are a nation that proceeds from one war to the next and, unfortunately, we can't seem to rid ourselves of this obsession; and so we keep fueling the fires of war. America is on a roll but, unfortunately, one going in exactly the wrong direction. If our presidents, our military leaders, our Congress and millions of Americans fully understood the importance of history and what it tells us, this nation would not be in the midst of such turmoil in the world and within our country.

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)
 

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