Dark side of War on Terror and the End of Empire

It seems that we have become the enemy ourselves. Here's a movie that documents it: Taxi to the Dark Side. (pointed out in HBB by txchick57).

Sad to see how the U.S. have lost our way: we have become an empire trying to police the world and in so doing are resorting to the kind of terror that we accuse of our enemies. And we're trying to do it all by borrowing a lot of money.

It seems like the writing is on the wall for the U.S.: we have over extended ourselves and will be a matter of time when we collapse under our own weight of too much debt. Just as home buyers who have overextended are finding that they cannot pay back their loan (how can they when their loan is 6 to 10 times their income, when the traditional guideline is to borrow no more than 2 or 3 times annual income), U.S. is in a similar bind of too many promises (real debt and future obligations like Medicare and Social Security) and not enough income to cover them (esp. with the baby boomers retiring and the recession that's just getting started).

What's enlightening for me is to read in the Bible what constitutes a blessing: You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. (Deuteronomy 28:12) And the opposite curse: The alien who lives among you will [...] lend to you, but you will not lend to him. He will be the head, but you will be the tail. (ibid v44) So, now that we, the U.S., have become a borrowing nation, we have clearly moved from a positive nation to a negative one (I won't say we're blessed or cursed since the Bible was specifically talking about Israel but still the same principle applies, in my opinion). Sigh.

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