Arms for Peace or Destruction?

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The year 2008 was one of the cherished years in our history. Every American was bolstered by the notion that change will come in the face of a new leader with bright ideas and determination to leave behind a legacy of flawed decisions by the previous administration that had not only drawn widespread criticism from all over the world but had plunged the nation into an economic meltdown. We are now heading towards 2012 and the current administration has not shown decent momentum to stand on its election campaign of bringing a change. We have been promised an end to war in Afghanistan by July of 2011, salvation from rising debts and a universal health care. So far I have observed minimum developments in these areas. According to the Department of treasury, the US owes a staggering 14 trillion which makes USA the highest indebted country in the world. Most of the debt has been incurred by the erroneous policies of constantly increasing the military spending by expanding wars and constructing unnecessary sophisticated weapons. The debt issue has directly caused two events that have threatened national unity over government spending in 2011 alone. One was the brawl over the budget between republicans and democrats that threatened a government shutdown but fortunately was averted at the eleventh hour and recently the dispute over increasing the debt ceiling. With these events unfolding unexpectedly, it is unlikely that a common man is assured of a bright future when the government cannot even make willful decisions to compromise with one another and carve out transparent solutions. The recent dept ceiling deal is expected to further increase deficit spending. This booming dept is disastrous for the economy because for every dollar we are... ... middle of paper ... ...he returning war veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq. Works Cited Devin, Dwyer., & Martinez,L. “Afghanistan War Costs Loom Large Over Obama Troops Announcement” Abcnews.go.com 22 June 2011. Web. 5 Aug.2011 Johnson, Chalmeres. “737 U.S. Military Bases = Global Empire” alternet.org 19 Feb. 2007. Web. 5 Aug. 2011. United States. Department of treasury. Bureau of public debt. The Debt to the Penny and Who Holds. Web. 5 Aug. 2011. United States. Whitehouse. Office of Management and Budget. The federal Budget fiscal year 2012. Web. 5 Aug. 2011. United States. Whitehouse. Office of the Press Secretary. Remarks by the President in State of Union Address. Web. 5 Aug. 2011. Wooldridge, Frosty. “Afghanistan and Iraq: Where The American Empire Dies” rightsidenews.com. 23 June 2011. Web. 5 Aug. 2011.
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