That's what a recent Pentagon report claims:
Stunning new evidence reveals that the US Department of Defense is waking up to the collapse of American primacy, and the rapid unraveling of the international order created by US power after the Second World War.
The report demands a massive expansion of military-industrial complex to maintain global ‘access to resources’.
But the Pentagon’s emerging vision of what comes next hardly inspires confidence. We breakdown both the insights and cognitive flaws in this vision. In future pieces we will ask the questions: What is really driving the end of the American empire? And based on that more accurate diagnosis of the problem, what is the real solution?
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The Pentagon's perspective of "the American empire" seems to be based upon the world view expressed in George Kennan's 1946 "long telegram". You can read it here:
Claiming that a powerful military-industrial complex is needed to maintain global access to resources puts the lie to the "free trade" myth.
We always can obtain resources by purchasing them on the open market. What the Pentagon (and the entire US system) would rather have is the ability to FORCE poor peoples around the world to give up their resources for a fraction of their true value. That's why we support so many despots and tinhorn dictators who are willing to betray their own peoples in return for US bribes.
The real question here is - are we willing to continue paying hundreds of millions of dollars each year to support a military apparatus which does little to maintain our security, or do we wish to convert our nation into a equal partner with the other sovereign nations of the world?
It is my belief the empire will collapse no matter what we do, because it never should have existed in the first place. In anticipation of that event, we need to look to the future NOW and reign in our military machine.