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Forum Post: why war

Posted 2 years ago on Sept. 18, 2012, 2:56 p.m. EST by JustinDM (251) from Atascadero, CA
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If America used just 10% of what it spends on our offensive posture, and spent it on a defensive posture within the states, we would have a much stronger mechanical and technical army. With a 90% decrease in what we spend over seas, what we would lose is the battle ready troops actively employed through out the world. The real choice that the neo cons don't like to talk about is whether the cost of constant war is worth the strategic value of that standing army.

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[-] 2 points by LeoYo (5909) 2 years ago

You can't ensure global domination without deploying excesive amounts of resources against assured resistence. Sooner or later, the endeavor of global tyranny brings itself to an end.

[-] 1 points by JustinDM (251) from Atascadero, CA 2 years ago

A very enlightened statement. But if we simply take a back seat and await the inevitable failure, untold damage could occur.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

I'm seeing the failure now and have been seeing it for years.... when is it going to bring itself to an end like Leo mentioned?

It's a lot different when profits are involved.

[-] 0 points by LeoYo (5909) 2 years ago

By around 2030, give or take six years, it will come to an end. By that time, the resources needed to sustain such endeavors will be too low and environmental devestation will be too great.

[-] 1 points by LeoYo (5909) 2 years ago

We don't have to take a back seat.

http://occupywallst.org/forum/free-democracy-amendment/

Currently we choose to take a back seat. Perhaps that will change.

[-] 1 points by JustinDM (251) from Atascadero, CA 2 years ago

thanks for the link :) I will share it

[-] 1 points by JustinDM (251) from Atascadero, CA 2 years ago

Come on, no one wants to take a stab at this? Any one want to hazard a guess as to how much we'd save If we sold our military interests in germany to france and england(who have far more interest in the region than we do)?

[-] 1 points by JustinDM (251) from Atascadero, CA 2 years ago

I'm very disappointed. Anyone who values human life has to agree that this is the single most important issue facing this country, yet no one wants to talk about it.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

I'm not sure if what you're suggesting actually ends the wars though. From what I'm reading, the "10%" proposal just seems to change spending and doesn't end the wars or the drones.

Not sure how you go from a 10% cut to equaling 90% decrease in war spending overseas either. You need to explain this more.

A 10% cut to defense doesn't tell me what the cuts are cutting or where troops are going.

[-] 1 points by JustinDM (251) from Atascadero, CA 2 years ago

Don't get caught up in specifics. this is a general statement about the vast amount of resources being deployed offensively throughout the world, and the option of a better allocation of resources. And if you consider that it is us who have been sending our troops out to do battle, it most certainly goes a long way toward ending the wars and the use of drones.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 2 years ago

Drones are the new troops.

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