The last couple of months the US media has been buzzing about the sequester cuts that were to be enforced at the beginning of March 2013. Many negotiations took place but none proved to be successful and eventually the dreaded budget reductions arrived making people wonder if other cuts will follow.
The biggest percentage of the cuts was in the Defense department’s budget. This maneuver brought up a lot concerns regarding America’s ability to remain the biggest military power in the world. However, if we don’t let our minds be clouded by catastrophic economic predictions we might be able to have a clear view on the matter.
A closer examination one might observe that the budgetary reductions will not bring down the military’s power. The budgetary reductions will only postpone certain projects and eliminate money wasting operations.
While economies all over the world are crumbling it seems only natural that a nation should focus its efforts on rebuilding itself and not on expanding the army’s forces, if in fact it was built strong enough the first time around.
If we take a look at the gigantic debt of America we can all agree that the government should try to preserve as much resources as possible in anticipation of what is yet to come. Many of projects that the Pentagon is conducting are very expensive and quite unnecessary in the present.
World peace is a utopic concept but the 21st century is not at all dominated by wars and globalization is gaining more and more terrain. On that note it is safe to assume that America’s involvement in other countries internal wars is not imperative.
Furthermore the millions of dollars invested so far in helping Arabic countries recover from internal wars have proved to be wasted or mismanagement of America’s finances.
Whether there was a problem with the approach or simply a matter of timing America has failed to bring peace or eliminate corruption from the Middle East.
Perhaps it is impossible for outsiders to gain the trust of such troubled countries, they must learn to help themselves before accepting foreign help, which is a consistent reminder to struggling American families one paycheck away from poverty. No matter how we look at it, the fact is that soon enough the USA will no longer afford to provide help in the Middle East and other countries without taking care of its own first.