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  •  Still, neither of those governments (1+ / 0-)
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    has started any wars in the last 10 years or spent maybe a trillion dollars on defense and homeland security, as we have. We have turned anti-terrorism into a vast industry.

    •  Are you kidding me? The Israelis have fought a (1+ / 0-)
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      number of wars in the last ten years in the interest of what they defend as their own security. Wow, it is just false assertions after false assertions.

      •  Israel attacks countries (1+ / 0-)
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        on the premise that they have something which someday might fall into the hand of someone who will attack them. Sounds not unlike the justification for our own Iraq war.

      •  Indeed you are right (0+ / 0-)

        and in particular the 2006 attack on Hezbollah was a fairly intense conflict, although limited in duration.

        Still, the Israeli defense budget is a small fraction of ours.

        We have gotten no "peace dividend" at all from the end of the Cold War. Instead we have invented new reasons to keep a gigantic procurement budget for the military, expanded our already large internal security apparatus, and committed ourselves to a protracted occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.

        •  Not entirely true (0+ / 0-)

          We certainly started to reap a peace dividend in the 90s with the base closing commission and party as a result of that and an increase in taxes, actually managed to balance the budget. We had a peace dividend, but Bush 43 squandered it.

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