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.