Saluting with misty eyes
'Deer- I wasn't going to pull the "D" card, however I am not objecdting to you using it.
... the New England Journal of Medicine reported that 1 in 6 soldiers returning from war in Iraq were showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder... yet only 23 to 40 percent of respondents in the study...had sought mental health care.
What is the percentage of the non fighting Americans who have mental disorders and do not seek mental assitance? And what do these facts have to do with the economy, the price of the war, or anything like this?
Many of our schools are either losing money or have gone bankrupt, health care costs have virtually doubled since the war began, more Americans are in poverty since the war began
This was a challenge for much longer than the last 3 years. American Schools have been failing the students for 50 years. Health Care has been increasiing in cost for so long, it isn't funny to think about, and more Americans are in poverty because of such things as loss of jobs from natural disasters, and the government changing the indicators for what "povery" is.
...are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless...for those it calls 'enemy,' for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers
Take out that one line, and it seems like what we are doing in Iraq, does it not?
$66 million a piece on defective military models; your health care, job training and education the very thing customizing them in a Lockheed Martin boondoggle. It's bad enough this is happening, the least we could ask for is planes that can actually perform a wide range of tasks
Is this any different than the Osprey that the Marine Corps was given during the Clinton Adminstration to replace the aging CH-46 that was so useless it was taken off the market? This has more to do with pork-barrel politics than it does with a war-time economy, Noah.
Let's annex Iraq as the 51st state and take all the oil we can find as spoils of war
Gee, Ron... I thought that was what this was being fought to do. Isn't that what the war protesters wanted us to believe in the first place? Or is it possible that they have changed their minds?
The war itself though doesn't create any economic advantage UNLESS it is a war of conquest
Reb, by freeing Iraq, and making them a valued membner of the world's stage, would you not agree that we now have another market in which to sell our products to? And isn't that what you said is required in making the building of weapons an economic windfall? Before 2002, the Iraqi government was purchasing their weapons from Russia and the former Soviet Union. SOMEONE was making a buck. Now, we are in there and have freed the place from it's oppressive and tyrranical government, and have created a new market for those weapons that we are creating. At $33 million for an F-16 (or whatever the cost), equipping an entire squadrom comes out to somewhere between 400 and 500 million dollars. Do that for 10 squadrons, and you have $4-$5 BILLION. Then, you need to add the support aircraft, and replace the tanks, and don't forget the various weapons being used on the ground, and in the heat of battle. We also need top think of the other products the US makes that we now have anothe buyer for. Is that economy building enough for you? Most people- myself included, many times- do not think long term, and only of what it is costing right now... yet they are quick to say that you need to spend money to make money. I submit that it is exactly what we are doing now.
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