Economic Left/Right: -7.25, Authoritarian/Libertarian:-7.13
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. -Noam Chomsky
As far as the rest of the arguements here, we are going to have to cut everything and that includes the military. I agree with pulling out of many of the countries we are in. Let's be clear though as to why we have some of these high tech military devices. It's because it's how politicians bring home the bacon. The problem is less the high tech equipment than nobody being held accountable for over runs and waste.
Another thing missed is that we have historically had a strong military so other countries don't have to. Our strong military is part of the reason why Pakistan and India don't start a war with each other. It's in part why Israel isn't a parking lot. There are many eastern European countries today with more freedom than they recently had because of our military build up.
But yes, cuts are needed and will have to be made. I am of the thought that huge strides could come by simply making those in charge responsible for how things are spent. As noted, there are billions missing from the military. Heads should roll over that. Jobs should be lost. Criminal proceedings might even be necessary.
As far as other countries go, I'm sure there are billions of people perfectly happy where they are at in the world so the rest is nothing but a pissing match.
Last edited by 1Perry; 07-26-11 at 04:13 AM.