American Power

Nick Bryant, (July 10, 2015) “The Decline of US Power?” retrieved November 19 2015 from, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33440287

This article talks about the decline of America’s military power. After the Cold War was over, the 20th century was dubbed by some the “American Century” which would lead you to believe that America was the most powerful nation in the world. It then goes onto to talk about the decline and what the possible causes are, starting with the terrorist attacks in 2001, and the Presidential elections. The cost of supporting two long wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan and the human and financial toll it has taken on the country has only added to it. A poll was taken on if Americans between the ages of 18-29 believe that America is the “greatest country in the world” the number has dropped to just 15% down from the results in 2011. The article also blames America for some of the instability in the world, because we are not as active in imposing our might to keep others in check. It gives instances of world leaders doing things in spite of the US, they are not scared of any actions that might be taken by us to retaliate. America’s enemies are said to no longer fear the White House and American Military power. Towards the end of the article it goes on the say that the current administration is more concerned about stroking our enemy’s egos and less concerned about building on to and solidifying the relationships we have with our allies. It also compares defense budgets between the US and the next closest countries.
I chose this article because it is something near and dear to my heart as a serving member of the US Armed Forces. Our job as a military force is to protect this great nation. We are one of the only countries to have multiple military babes throughout the globe. We do this to project our military might, and also as a deterrent to would be adversaries. These bases throughout the world also serves as staging bases for humanitarian missions, which are another mission the US is called upon to perform in times of turmoil. The projection of US Military power and how we are viewed by the rest of the world is very important, it is a large part of who we are as a nation. I mean who does the world turn to when trouble starts in their part of the world? That’s right, America. If we as a nation let our military power dwindle, then the rest of the world will begin to look upon us as weak and easy targets. This will lead to more instances like 9/11 and other terrorist attacks. We as a country cannot let this happen, we must remain strong and a force to be reckoned with. Being ready at a moment’s notice is what we do, we must maintain this and be available to assist our allies and even other countries that call upon us in time of need. This is why the country still wants a United States Marine Corps, alongside the United States Navy, together we form Amphibious Ready Groups and Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU’s) for these exact reasons, they are forward deployed units to project Americas military power and provide humanitarian aid at a moment’s notice, as well as a range of other missions.
While I was reading this article it raised my awareness of the state of this country, I try to stay away from politics, but the way we are going right now, it’s hard to not pay attention to it in some degree. Reading article like this leads me to worry about my job, and that of the rest of the US Military. We are already downsizing all branches of the military, and if it continues it will only be a matter of time before more drastic measures are taken. I only have a short time left in the military, but it leaves me fearing for my fellow Marines and other Service members futures, but even after I leave the military I am still an American and will continue to live in this country, and if our military is weakened more terrorist attacks will happen just like 9/11 and those in Paris recently.

5 thoughts on “American Power

  1. mayraesc says:

    Thank you for sharing this article! I was hoping someone else would post something relating to what is currently happening in the Middle East because just this week I was thinking about how the U.S is slowly losing power and its “fear factor” from other countries, as this article states! Rebel groups in the Middle East are not afraid to stand up to the U.S anymore. They are even willing to risk their own lives for the cause, which is honestly not making me feel to good. Especially when my brother is an active duty marine, training and preparing himself for the moment he gets his orders for deployment. Are you currently active or inactive duty? Even though your time is almost up with the marines, is there any chance you may still get deployed? I am also not much into politics, but ran into some videos of the bombings in Syria on a page called, “Red Fails” on Facebook that made me want to look into this issue. It is really sad seeing the videos from “the enemies point of view”, with innocent families and children getting blown up. I pray the U.S. does not end up being a battle zone like that! If only there was a way to remain a strong dominant nation the rebels in the Middle East can fear, without having to kill innocent people to show our power.

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    • ollysalder says:

      I am currently Active Duty, but the unit I am with is a non-deploying unit, so the chances of me getting deployed are very slim unfortunately. Some might think i’m crazy for wanting to go and do my job, but that’s what I signed up for. I will have time to spend with my family and let others go and fight in my place when I am retired.

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  2. jml1123 says:

    Great article i think that what is currently happening in the middle east is horrible and concerning. I also believe that Americas military power is declining mostly it has to do with military spending which is a lot less than it was during the cold war. After we pulled out of Iraq you see Russia’s annexation of Crimea so it is beginning to be very obvious that we are losing our military control around the world and other countries are taking advantage. I feel that the US gets criticized when it intervenes and when it does not intervene so there will always be someone that will be unhappy with our actions. Great article in your opinion do you feel we need more military spending?

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  3. anthonys90 says:

    Good choice to relate to our blog readings of power and powerless. I agree that even though most of us may not be interested in politics, it is becoming something hard to ignore. The world around us seems to be depleting and that is cause for concern here in our own country. On social media there are a lot of young people that don’t see what is happening in France as a threat and of course, it is a big indication that it is and can/will be a real threat someday. We all hope that we in America will be safe a protected from what is happening in other countries but, like you stated America was a power house and lately is is starting to become weaker. We all need to realize what can happen somewhere else can happen here and we need to take greater precautions.

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