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  •  A question from the real world? (9+ / 0-)

    How many Americans are you willing to deprive of food stamps or other sustanance programs to go bomb other people?  The money spent on just one day of bombing and killing other people--and lets not pretend our "intervention" won't kill innocent civilians (though I'm sure the Pentagon will declare them "potential enemy combatants" or some such)--could save hundreds of thousands of our own people right here at home.  Now its true that our Congress, these days, has been unwilling to spend our tax dollars to feed, clothe, and educate American children.  And they will, no doubt, open the bank vaults to kill people in foreign lands.  But that money's going to come from somewhere.  It will come from Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and Food Stamps and Head Start and infrastructure and...

    When the government comes forward and tells me they're ready to nationalize the banks and confiscate the wealth of the 1% to pay for international mayhem, then I'll listen.  Until then, this just smacks of another scheme to suck the money (what little remains) of the poor and middle class into the pockets of the wealthy.

    As for the use of chemical weapons requiring a strong response else Assad and other rulers be emboldened to escalate their flaunting of international norms, that's kind of what a lot of us were saying when the U.S. committed torture in our names.  And, son of a gun, we were right.  Our use of torture has emboldened other nations to toss out the long-standing rules of war.  Who could have seen that coming?  But, no, we couldn't hold any of those War Criminals responsible for their atrocities.  We had to "look forward", not back.  Again, when we address the crap pile in our own yard, I'll listen to calls to clean up the neighbor's yard.

    This is supposedly the purpose of the UN.  If they can't do their job, then its time to stop paying their rent and evict them.  That the UN cannot do their jobs well enough to please us is in no way justification for America to play George Zimmerman.

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will."—Frederick Douglass

    by costello7 on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 12:19:57 PM PDT

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