Thursday, March 19, 2015


In a lot of ways the world is correct. The U.S. has the largest nuclear arsenal, the largest military overall. Its military spending completely dwarfs the spending of any other country on the planet. (The American military budget is more than the next 8 biggest military spenders' budgets combined. The U.S. is one of a handful of countries with military bases scattered across the globe (and the other two with a significant number of offshore bases, Britain and France, are both close U.S. allies). The U.S. reserves the right to attack any other country in the world without consulting the international community, and it has initiated military action in over a dozen countries in the recent past. The U.S. has felt free to break international norms, back out of treaties and otherwise act like less of a global citizen than any other nation in the world, without any serious consequences because of its economic and military might.

I'm sure a lot of Americans would argue that Iran or North Korea are the biggest threat. But neither of those countries are capable of destroying all life on the planet, or causing vast numbers of people to descend into poverty. The U.S. can do both of those things.