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US struggling to foot military bill

WHEN the Cold War ended in stalemate, with both sides winning victory in each of the main battlefields of all wars, the world learned some important lessons.

Russia won the military struggle by proving it could annihilate the US, but America won the economic battle and thus saw the collapse of the Russian economy.

The problem now facing the US is it may not be able to afford its military prowess. Events in Iraq point to a world police force on the point of over-extension. History proves this to be a terminal viewpoint for those relying on the "might is right" principle.

DERMOT RYAN

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