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Re: a dumb query? pls humor me

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On 03/06/07 04:14, Paul Johnson wrote:
> Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
>> On Mon, Mar 05, 2007 at 03:31:40PM -0800, Paul Johnson wrote:
>>> Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
>>>> Ummm, many of the overseas military bases are in place at
>>>> the *invitation* of the host governments.
>>> OK, then the host country should be providing revenue equal
>>> to expenses incurred on behalf of American taxpayers at the
>>> base.  They want us to fight their fights for them, they can
>>> pay us.
>> We also go there so that we can fight the bad guys before they
>> get to us on American soil.
> That crosses the line from defense to offense.  My tax dollars go
> to

When we were in "defense" mode, the WTC was bombed twice, two
embassies blown up and a warship almost sunk.  (And I'm probably
forgetting some episodes.)

*Clearly* defense wasn't working.

>>> term.  What the hell do you think is going to happen when you
>>> provide aid of any sort to a country run by a warlord?
>> The people of Somalia were starving *becuase* of the warlords.
> Actually, I think it probably had a lot more to do with too much
> population growth in the middle of a region with next to no

That's just not true.  This world, particularly the West, already
produces enough food to feed *everyone*, even while paying them not
to grow food.

50 years ago, starvation was "natural".  Now it's *only* a political

> farmable land or economic resources.  You can't really foreign
> aid your way around a despot and extreme famine, unfortunately,
> especially if the despot happens to have popular support with the
> locals as appeared to be the case in Mogadishu.

You've finally said something sensible!!!

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