First let me say I'm very proud of my Grandpa for serving in WWII. My sister is married to a marine and he's a good friend of mine. I'm a senior in college but if needed after school I would serve. However, I was taking a history course and my professor, who has a son in Iraq, brought up some interesting ideas. He made us read this book called "the sorrows of empires" (everyone should read). Did yall know that the U.S. Military budget is larger then the next 25 countries combined. That's Russia, China, the European Union all that. What I don't understand is when I talk to my Bro-in-law he complains about how little Marines make and he is right. I think, as my professor pointed out and most people don't realize, it is because of the huge amount of bases we have across the globe. Just my two cents but I think we need to bring our troops home and pay them more. At the least we need to cut down on all these bases abroad in Japan, South America etc. By the way, the moral of the story of the book " the sorrows of empire" was that throughout history if you look at great civilizations and their rise and fall the same things happen. They over stretch their military empires, they become weak in their domestic infrastructure and their economy weakens then the state becomes vulnerable and fails. I'm worried that we may be following the path of the Romans and the French under Napoleon. This may not be the time or place for this thread but I wanted to get feedback from some people on here because I feel like I can relate to people on here more then my classmates.