Former Navy Commander, and now "intel czar" NID Dennis Blair says the economy is the top military threat to US. If the crisis continues for several years, it could cause several (unmentioned) nation's economies to collapse. Intel czar: Economy is top threat to U.S. - Security- msnbc.com This is exactly what bin Laden hoped to do, drag the US, and it's allies into prolonged, financially draining war. We, courtesy of King George II, took the bait. Now we are on the financial and military precipice with deficits exceeding 13.5% of GDP, an overextended military, a shaky Iran wanting to develop a nuclear bomb, increasingly unstable allies with nuclear material, such as the Ukraine, and Pakistan abetting, with our money, the Taliban in Afganistan. Just today the Taliban staged a raid in Kabul, the first time since '03. We have largely ignored internet, and WMD defenses in favor of conventional forces, but you have to wonder when we'll have to defend against attacks in these areas in earnest. What should the US do? And given our own economic predicament, how much longer can we feed a military that eats up 1/3 of our '08 national budget? Will the US look like Israel in 5, or 10 years with machine gun toting guards outside ice cream parlors? Is the post WWII US military "Empire" done?