Do you believe that our national security has become weakened due to the wars being carried out overseas?

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In the long term, yes.  As U.S.A. attempts to extend and strengthen its empire, it becomes thinner in its coverage, or it has to divert resources at home from wealth production, into its national security establishment.

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To me, you have to ask a couple of things in order to answer this question.

First, you have to ask whether America is more likely as a country to be invaded and destroyed or weakened in a serious way.  I do not think you can argue that we are.  There is no serious threat of invasion.  Our overseas wars have not made us more likely to be attacked by nuclear weapons.

Second, you have to ask if we are more likely to be killed here in the US as a result of these wars.  There is no real evidence that we are.  There have not been any successful terrorist attacks within the US that you can really say were caused by our being involved in wars overseas.

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I think that an argument can be made that while national security has not been immediately been sacrificed, focus has not been as prevalent on national security as it could be.  The unforeseen realities in Afghanistan and Iraq has contributed to paying more attention to these realms.  This attention could have been focused on national security.  By this analysis, one can argue that national security has not received as much attention as it could have been receiving.  At the same time, there is a certain level of puzzlement as to how to assess whether or not national security has been weakened.  I think that it is difficult to assert any strong claims in answering the question.  At best, informed analysis is all that one can suggest to such a question.

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