Derisive diatribes about the state of the nation, nation states and swerving leftward
What's even more surprising than the fact that the USA spends *so* much on defence is that despite the billions (and billions and billions) of dollars spent on weapons - you *still* don't feel safe. I kind of wonder what it will take for you to feel safe again...If the US was a person rather than a country they'd be seeking professional help about now....
This is precisely the question that I'd like to ask those conservatives who love military spending: At what point do you say enough? We already have the fire-power to kill every cockroach on the planet. My feeling is that these people will never feel safe. It's really sad. We spend a trillion bucks attacking one of the few middle Eastern countries that didn't have extensive Al Qaeda connections (forgetting that our country funded and organized Al Qaeda, the Taliban and similar organizations a few decades ago) and overthrow a country who's leader our CIA put into power because it attacked its neighbors with our help (in the case of Iran). It's all very depressing and ridiculous. We really needed to evolve for another 100,000 years before we came down from the trees.
karlo said: My feeling is that these people will never feel safe. Maybe when the rest of the world *is* America? Isn't that the ultimate Republican dream?
Not really. If the rest of the world were incorporated into the U.S., it would be hard for corporations to exploit overseas labor and skirt environmental regulations. Corporations would also have a hell of a time trying to convince people to go fight for them. Right now, it's always possible to convince some young kid that he's off to fight for democracy and human rights when he's really fighting for a corporate mining concession (fighting against proxy armies that are funded by China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, or perhaps France). For this reason, I don't think it's an accident that the U.S. didn't take all of Mexico after conquering Mexico during the Mexican-American War.
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