Let me just throw this question out there..... "Is the USA in collapse?" Are we (USA) now in a kinda 2nd Rate status? Some evidence: 1. America's economic difficulties. 2. Our low saving rate. 3. Our poor education. 4. Our rising demand for welfare state entitlements. 5. Shrinking moral characteristics. And since the USA's preeminence is based on the fact that it is the only country with the military, diplomatic, political & economic assets to be a decisive player in any conflict in whatever part of the world it chooses to involve ourselves in, is this current administrations resolute attitude to trim the armed services going to be a factor in sinking the ship?