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But here was the strange thing. In the midst of the Great Recession, under a new president with assumedly far fewer illusions about American omnipotence and power, war policy continued to expand in just about every way. The Pentagon budget rose by Bushian increments in fiscal year 2010; and while the Iraq War reached a kind of dismal stasis, the new president doubled down in Afghanistan on entering office -- and then doubled down again before the end of 2009. There, he “surged” in multiple ways. At best, the U.S. was only drawing down one war, in Iraq, to feed the flames of another.
Originally posted by Lunatic Pandora
Decline happens the same way in every society that attempts to be an expansionist Empire. The government grows so large that it eats the fruits of the people's labor until it, and the society it helped build, collapses into a black hole.
It's worked the same way since the dawn of empires on this Earth.