LAWRENCE WITTNER -Maintaining the U.S. status as â€œNo. 1â€ in war and war preparations comes at a very high price. That price is not only paid in dollarsâ€”plus massive death and suffering in warfareâ€•but in the impoverishment of other key sectors of American life. After all, this lavish outlay on the military now constitutes about two-thirds of the U.S. governmentâ€™s discretionary spending. And these other sectors of American life are in big trouble.