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Originally posted by rc
I keep hearing about this that one day the US will fall. Our goverment. I know in history it happens, all empires have fallen at one point. Do you think this will happen to the United States? If so when and how?
Originally posted by Jonna
Fall? No. Change into something completely different then it is now? Yes and I am not talking about a good kind of evolution.
Originally posted by rc
you think this will happen soon or in our lifetime?
US on 'very dangerous path': UN official
United Nations, November 10
The United States is on "a very dangerous path" because it is spending US$450 billion annually on the military and just US$15 billion to promote development in poor countries, the head of the UN anti-poverty effort warned on Tuesday.
"We can't solve problems of security through military means, certainly not through military means alone," said Jeffrey Sachs. "No one has ever succeeded in doing that, and no one ever will because hungry and desperate people will do desperate things, or the places that they live will face collapse."
Of the 22 largest donor countries, the United States is spending the lowest percentage of its gross domestic product on development - just 0.14 per cent - compared to the 0.70 target that all countries agreed to 34 years ago, Sachs told a news conference.
"We're roughly US$50-55 billion short per year," he said. Sachs was appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2002 to head the Millennium Project developing a plan for the world to meet UN goals to reverse the poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people.
His report is due in January. The best way to peace is through solving the problems "of how people can stay alive on the planet," said Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and a special adviser to Annan on anti-poverty efforts.
Sachs said the world would be more secure if more people had enough to eat, medical care, reliable and safe drinking water and a chance for a better future.
"People don't see that right now," Sachs said. "What they see is the United States spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the military approach and then complaining about any call to spend anything much on development."
He said there are rumours that the Bush administration will soon ask Congress for another US$70 billion for Iraq, yet it's hard to get any money for development.
"This has been a bipartisan effort of neglect for decades," Sachs said. "From the point of view of America's own specific interests and security, we're on a very dangerous path right now ... because the world will not be stable with mass suffering, disease and poverty," he said.
"I take that from no less an authority than President George Bush who said it last week," Sachs said. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted the United States was committed to development assistance.
Originally posted by RedOctober90
The USA is not an empire... it's a superpower.. Tell me how many countries besides the American homeland that we have claimed to be ours?
I don't think there are any empires remaining in this world. Comparing the US to the Roman empire is foolish.