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  •  Is a peacetime military practical? (0+ / 0-)

    Have you noticed China's recent saber rattling?

    •  Who is saber rattling? (1+ / 0-)
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      JesseCW

      If I recall, it was Clinton who out of the blue started talking sh*t about China's disputes with its neighbors in the South China Sea.

      We don't need to stick our noses into some local disputes 10's of 1000's of miles from our shores.

      •  We tried that back before WWI and WWII. (0+ / 0-)

        Results were not such that most Americans want to repeat that strategy.

        •  Not every dispute is WWI or WWII (0+ / 0-)

          Let's not make these paranoid pronouncements. The South China Sea territorial dispute has beeen going on at a low level for many years now. WWIII hasn't happened yet.

          In any event, prior to WWI and WWII, our defense spending were very low. When this country needs to move, we can ramp up quickly. What we don't need to do is maintain an imperial army when there is no world war.

          •  The disputes that lead up to WWI and WWII (0+ / 0-)

            didn't look like much at the time either.

            Bomb throwing idiots in some central European backwater that no one had heard of?

            An Austrian house painter with a stupid moustache who liked to give two hour speeches?

            Who knew?

            The South China Sea territorial dispute involved multiple countries and has steadily escalated. China, the big boy, is adamantly objecting to any international involvement to resolve the matter and instead seems to be relying on its growing relative power to allow it to resolve the situation militarily in the future.  Its adversaries are responding by forming alliances and trying to link up with larger outside powers - note for example Vietnam suddenly making super nice with the US of all countries!

            In any event, prior to WWI and WWII, our defense spending were very low. When this country needs to move, we can ramp up quickly. What we don't need to do is maintain an imperial army when there is no world war.

            May I suggest that it may be more cost effective in blood and treasure to maintain a strong military so potential adversaries don't start fights we need to finish?

    •  you can not wait until attacked to build an army (1+ / 0-)
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      tnproud2b

      you can not call "time out" while you take the years needed to recruit, outfit and train an army.

      •  Yeah, you can. We've done it before. (0+ / 0-)

        Back when we used to, you know, win wars.

        We need to stop going halfway around the world to wage war on people who don't even change out of their jammies to fight us.

        by JesseCW on Fri Aug 13, 2010 at 01:40:49 AM PDT

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