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  •  Still, neither of those governments (1+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen

    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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        NedSparks

        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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