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  •  Yeah, they don't make the profit from them (2+ / 0-)
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    they do off planes, tanks, etc. But they make profit. It only cost a billion to bomb Libya. But a few billion a year, with the occasional justification to launch a multi-billion dollar "invasion" of some "terrorist" country will crop up. Call me jaded if you want, but this country's leadership seems all to eager to whip out a club to solve problems.

    GOP 2012 -- Austerity is just around the corner!

    by ontheleftcoast on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 01:05:48 PM PDT

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    •  Iraq and Afghanistan cost over a trillion. (0+ / 0-)

      Large scale invasions and occupations is where the real money has always been.

      "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

      by Geekesque on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 01:08:19 PM PDT

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      •  A trillion combined over 10 years. (2+ / 0-)
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        That's 240 months or about $4 billion/month. Libya only cost about $250 million/month. But if we can engage in a Libya or two every other year. Maybe get a three month Afghanistan every 5 or so it's a steady, reliable, source of income. And it keeps the pressure on Congress to justify huge military budgets for the "what if" scenarios the armed forces keep coming up with. For 50+ years we supplied an armed forces to fight a two-front global war. And 20 men with box cutters managed to kill more Americans on our soil in a century. The cold war cost us trillions up on trillions but the Soviet empire collapsed. The entire reason PNAC was created was to find a suitable replacement for them. It didn't have to be OBL and Saddam, but they happened to be the perfect target at the perfect time (not a conspiracy, just lucky -- bad luck I suppose).

        GOP 2012 -- Austerity is just around the corner!

        by ontheleftcoast on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 01:21:06 PM PDT

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