We have the military for many reasons and if you have to ask then you obviously don't know.<quoted text>
The U.S. spends more than the next fourteen largest military spending countries combined on defense. Stop repeating what others tell you to think - it makes you look like an idiot.
Short answer... Military research has given us more advances in the civilian world than you can imagine. How is this internet thing working out for you? Thank the Navy. Velcro apparently was developed by military research. Those really cool magnetic drive roller coasters. Also military. I can go on and on.
It might not be the best way to find advances, but don't overlook the fact that while researching for military purposes, we advance civilian products as well.
If you think we have no enemies, that is your lack of knowledge. The reason we have no serious competitors is because no one can compete with us.
The military is much more than weapons development which is a small part of their budget. The largest part of the military budget is the cost of medical for both active AND retired vets. The other large portion is pay and fuel pensions. Weapons are a very small part. So where do you cut? How about lowering the cost of prescription drugs? That would cut medical cost substantially and in turn cut the military budget. No one ever thinks of that.
However, thanks to military YOU benefit from medical advances tried first in the heat of battle. Advances in blood transport and storage, surgery of all types and life saving vaccines were all military advances. Cut that? How about the ability to help in emergency situations, deliver supplies, build bridges In a day, provide clean water for entire cities...cut that too?
BTW, even the military industrial complex provides local jobs for people to afford homes, cars, and other goods that provide jobs for other people who also buy homes and other goods. The purchase of these generate taxes that pay for schools, police and fire in communities all across America...but you want to cut that? No schools and no one can go to college and no will be able to do any research to help anyone. There is a cause and affect to anything suggested so you should really look close at what you are opening up as far as military spending.
If you don't know Russian, German or another foreign language - thank the military that we have who have kept us safe and who we were and are.
Obama will have us weaker and will probably continue to bow to kings of foreign soil, shake hands with leaders who hate us and continue to react to situations with no balls. Romney would have done neither. Yes, Romney lost, and so did we.