The USA prepared a war plan against USSR in the early eighties. This war plan included both economic war and military war. The economic war component of this plan was so successful that it caused the demise of USSR within a few years. The plan to "outspend" USSR in military spending was the smartest move by the Reagan administration. However what happened after USSR was humbled did not go according to plans. The complications created by breakup of USSR created additional need for financial resources which made the surge in military spending permanent. This in turn increased US national debt which ultimately resulted in the financial crisis of 2001. There has been a constant and ever-increasing divergence in the US empire from its stated main principle of "capitalist society". The economy is more and more dependent on State support (or money printing). While USA empire is choke-a-bloke with technical advances, its finances have NOT improved much since the financial crisis. The conclusion - The US empire made financial decisions in early 1980 which have boomeranged on it.