The Single Biggest Threat to U.S. National Security … Is Its Debt

DebtVia Washington’s Blog:

In February 2009, the head of U.S. intelligence — Dennis Blair — said that the global financial crisis was the largest threat to America’s national security. All of America’s intelligence agencies apparently agreed.

The same month, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — Admiral Mullen — also agreed.

Now, Mullen is focusing on a specific economic threat. Specifically, Mullen is focusing on the debt:

The national debt is the single biggest threat to national security, according to Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Tax payers will be paying around $600 billion in interest on the national debt by 2012, the chairman told students and local leaders in Detroit.

“That’s one year’s worth of defense budget,” he said, adding that the Pentagon needs to cut back on spending.

But at least war is good for the economy, right? At least spending on defense will help the economy recover and climb out of this pit of debt, no?

Actually, no.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7PE35E7KYFZNARY72HXWDOGCI Cat

    Yes, cut the military out of the budget. Then fix the U.S. financial system by eliminating the Federal Reserve which will get rid of the senseless usury forced on the taxpayers for public debt. Those two things together might work.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R7PE35E7KYFZNARY72HXWDOGCI Cat

    Yes, cut the military out of the budget. Then fix the U.S. financial system by eliminating the Federal Reserve which will get rid of the senseless usury forced on the taxpayers for public debt. Those two things together might work.

    • A Bad Joke

      I don’t know how well that will work, but it sounds good to me.

  • 5by5

    Yeah, I guess the Bushbots should have thought of that, but they were too busy giving tax cuts to the rich, and using Enron accounting tricks to “off-budget finance” the two wars the little nitwits got us into. 10 trillion dollars later…

  • 5by5

    Yeah, I guess the Bushbots should have thought of that, but they were too busy giving tax cuts to the rich, and using Enron accounting tricks to “off-budget finance” the two wars the little nitwits got us into. 10 trillion dollars later…

    • Alech

      As long as you don’t pay up debt isn’t a problem. Just start a huge expensive War on Creditors. Problem solved.

  • Victor

    That is actually a great anti-nuclear weapons argument

  • Victor

    That is actually a great anti-nuclear weapons argument

  • Anonymous

    The major problem here is that the USA, and other countries, couldn’t have so many debt-financed billionaires, and now trillionaires without all that debt.

    If they didn’t peddle all that securitized debt, they’d never have gotten rich.

    Actually working for a living is relatively difficult and unrewarding, and as these debt-financed billionaires have proven (a billion times over) is that crime pays, and pays well.

  • myth_slayer

    The major problem here is that the USA, and other countries, couldn’t have so many debt-financed billionaires, and now trillionaires without all that debt.

    If they didn’t peddle all that securitized debt, they’d never have gotten rich.

    Actually working for a living is relatively difficult and unrewarding, and as these debt-financed billionaires have proven (a billion times over) is that crime pays, and pays well.

  • Ironaddict06

    Hiliary Clinton just fired the first shot against BHO for the Dems, in her latest statement “I think that our rising debt levels poses a national security threat” OUCH! BHO must not be happy since Hiliary job is Secretary of State which deals with foreign policy, NOT domestic.
    People need to do everything to take care of themselves, because this is the new USA. The Fed Reserve isn’t going anywhere. They run the entire economic system. They control the money. Bush might have given the U.S. a trillion dollar debt, but BHO has given the U.S. a 3 trillion dollar debt in less than 2 years.
    Yea, those tax cuts for the rich, did the U.S. in. Great, now I get taxed %20 on my diveden investment, and I can’t right off my home taxs now.

  • Ironaddict06

    Hiliary Clinton just fired the first shot against BHO for the Dems, in her latest statement “I think that our rising debt levels poses a national security threat” OUCH! BHO must not be happy since Hiliary job is Secretary of State which deals with foreign policy, NOT domestic.
    People need to do everything to take care of themselves, because this is the new USA. The Fed Reserve isn’t going anywhere. They run the entire economic system. They control the money. Bush might have given the U.S. a trillion dollar debt, but BHO has given the U.S. a 3 trillion dollar debt in less than 2 years.
    Yea, those tax cuts for the rich, did the U.S. in. Great, now I get taxed %20 on my diveden investment, and I can’t right off my home taxs now.

    • A Bad Joke

      I like it when I see people who actually know what the different offices and positions do. I cringe whenever I hear some redneck holler about how Obama needs to legislate something.

  • A Bad Joke

    I like it when I see people who actually know what the different offices and positions do. I cringe whenever I hear some redneck holler about how Obama needs to legislate something.

  • A Bad Joke

    I don’t know how well that will work, but it sounds good to me.

  • Anonymous

    The biggest threat to US national security is it seeming inability to remove sociopath/psychopaths from positions of control governance and influence. The create the debt, they start the wars, the peddle toxic pharmaceuticals, they spread lies as news, they pollute the environment and, they basically declared a terrorist war on the middle class (using fear and hate to force government to their bidding).
    let’s be honest after Fox not-News propaganda campaign, how many US politicians are afraid to voice their opinion for fear of coming under attack from violent right wing elements controlled by Fox commentators, in turn controlled by News Corp.

  • rtb61

    The biggest threat to US national security is it seeming inability to remove sociopath/psychopaths from positions of control governance and influence. The create the debt, they start the wars, the peddle toxic pharmaceuticals, they spread lies as news, they pollute the environment and, they basically declared a terrorist war on the middle class (using fear and hate to force government to their bidding).
    let’s be honest after Fox not-News propaganda campaign, how many US politicians are afraid to voice their opinion for fear of coming under attack from violent right wing elements controlled by Fox commentators, in turn controlled by News Corp.

  • Alech

    As long as you don’t pay up debt isn’t a problem. Just start a huge expensive War on Creditors. Problem solved.

  • Vox Penii

    “The Tenth Commandment ["'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house,..."] sends a message to all the jerks who want redistribution of wealth, higher taxes, more government programs, more government regulation, more government, less free enterprise, and less freedom. And the message is clear and concise: Go to hell. “

  • Andrew

    “Sell all you have and give it to the poor.”

    I guess Jesus can go to hell.

  • Andrew

    And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
    Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
    But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
    Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
    And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
    They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.
    - Matthew 22:16-21

    Yep, Jesus can definitely go to hell.

  • Gimli

    The greatest threat–to we the people–comes right from these international spy rings called intelligence agencies. They have never worked for us. They’re in cohoots all over the world. They work for that secret controlling and manipulating organization known as the shadow government. Maybe they work for senator Palpatine. Maybe, for Saruman–but definitely not for me.

  • Gimli

    The greatest threat–to we the people–comes right from these international spy rings called intelligence agencies. They have never worked for us. They’re in cohoots all over the world. They work for that secret controlling and manipulating organization known as the shadow government. Maybe they work for senator Palpatine. Maybe, for Saruman–but definitely not for me.

  • Andrew

    “Sell all you have and give it to the poor.”

    I guess Jesus can go to hell.

  • Andrew

    And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
    Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
    But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
    Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
    And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
    They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.
    - Matthew 22:16-21

    Yep, Jesus can definitely go to hell.

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