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    Bear in mind that we no longer have the industrial potential we had in 1945, and deprived of access to the products of other countries, how could we fight a war on the scale of either World War?
    Yeah, um, all our computers, etc have integrated circuits, printed circuit boards, etc manufactured elsewhere as parts of them.

    The kind of effort it would take to re-engineer all that stuff to include only US-sourced components would be astronomical. Not to mention raw materials: where exactly are you planning on getting the rare earth metals, etc necessary to make that stuff?

    I suspect that this is part of the reason why we only have wars with pissant relatively economically isolated countries these days. Syria, North Korea, Iraq, those countries don't produce a lot of value to the global economy so trade getting cut off isn't that big a deal.

    But, for example, in Japan there is one factory that makes most of the glue that goes in most integrated circuits manufactured on the planet. War with Japan means no more ICs, at least for awhile. Same with China, the EU, etc. We all need each other too much these days.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 10:51:25 AM PDT

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