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  •  How about the troops in places like.. (8+ / 0-)

    Japan, Germany or South-Korea. There are about 150.000 US troops in those 3 countries alone. Can't they replace some of the contractors? The US has currently over 700 bases in a 140 countries. I don't think reinstating the draft or recruiting new troops would be necessary.

    •  How about ending the wars (5+ / 0-)
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      That would be the sensible thing.  Of course, as such it's "off the table" and probably considered radical by now.

    •  Yes, close those overseas bases (1+ / 0-)
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      Most of them serve no good purpose and cost us an enormous amount of money.  So let's start bringing the troops home or move them someplace else where they are really needed at present, including the replacement of contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq.

      If we have these overseas bases just as symbols of our global empire, it is essential that we change our priorities.  I don't think we should be in the imperialism business, and the sooner we stop the better.

      Mercenaries are a threat to our democracy.  End that practice forever.

      Is 11 dimension chess really just magical thinking?

      by Zinman on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 04:14:23 PM PST

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      •  like we need '268 Bases in Germany, 124 in (1+ / 0-)
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        Japan,' check out the link below...
        Too Many Overseas Bases

        By David Vine. Edited by Emily Schwartz Greco, February 25, 2009

        In the midst of an economic crisis that’s getting scarier by the day, it’s time to ask whether the nation can really afford some 1,000 military bases overseas. For those unfamiliar with the issue, you read that number correctly. One thousand. One thousand U.S. military bases outside the 50 states and Washington, DC, representing the largest collection of bases in world history.

        Officially the Pentagon counts 865 base sites, but this notoriously unreliable number omits all our bases in Iraq (likely over 100) and Afghanistan (80 and counting), among many other well-known and secretive bases. More than half a century after World War II and the Korean War, we still have 268 bases in Germany, 124 in Japan, and 87 in South Korea. Others are scattered around the globe in places like Aruba and Australia, Bulgaria and Bahrain, Colombia and Greece, Djibouti, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, and of course, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — just to name a few. Among the installations considered critical to our national security are a ski center in the Bavarian Alps, resorts in Seoul and Tokyo, and 234 golf courses the Pentagon runs worldwide."

        without the ants the rainforest dies

        by aliasalias on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 09:41:16 PM PST

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      •  Yesterday I emailed this to the White House, (2+ / 0-)
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        both Senators and my Representative:

        Cutting Social Security and other entitlement programs won't cure the budget deficit "crisis",

        Half of the current deficit is caused by George W. Bush's tax cuts, so allowing them to expire will reduce our budget problem enormously.  Revoking the Reagan tax cuts would improve the nation's budget even more.  

        If that isn't enough, cut the military!  Why does our one nation need as much "defense" spending as the whole rest of the world combined?  We have an enormous Navy, hundreds of missles, more hundreds of airplanes, and bases all over the world.  Close some bases, especially those outside the US, mothball some ships, decommission some missles, and park some planes out in the desert. Then see how the budget looks.  Obviously, pay for the troops, and money for equipment they actually use, shouldn't be cut.

        America needs health care, renewable energy, and jobs.  There's no reason we can't have them, IF we rescind the Reagan and Bush tax cuts, and quit trying to be the bully of the world.  

        Seems a little pertinent.

        Renewable energy brings national security.

        by Calamity Jean on Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 07:57:16 AM PST

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