Botnst - 3/19/2005 9:16 PM
Finally, I assert that the USA is the greatest single stabilizing force for human achievement and the dignity of man in human history.
While I agree with that I think our continued existence as an entity capable of bearing that burden in the future is at risk. Bombs that cost several tens of thousands of dollars more to have precision guidance systems, that require billion dollar satellite systems and airborne support aircraft, delivered with stealth bombers protected by stealthy escorts, from either tens of billions of dollar carrier groups or "temporary" overseas bases built at the cost of several billions of dollars, staffed by tens of thousands of soldiers, and so on that are on station for decades, is just not affordable.
I applaud the DoD's efforts to understand the future threats and try to convert to an effective force against those threats. But I think we are better advised to stay the fuck at home while make the conversion. And until then, we make it clear we are likely to respond with a horrific NUKULAR event if we are attacked, or seriously threatened, and arming yourself with NUKES should be interpreted as threatening enough to warrant the delivery of a large fusion driven release of energy. It is what we spent the last century learning to do, and it is one of the few things we can do better than anyone else. When it comes to defending America, why do we feel we must play by anyone else's rules? Isn't that what all you guys and gals hated about Kerry? You thought he was saying (when he didn't) that he would live by some international standard while defending America? If we are attacked we should feel free to respond the best way we know how to win, and, in my opinion, today, that is with NUKES. Not friendly, precision, fuzzy logic driven bombs with video cameras on them that cost us a thousand or more times the actual value of the targets we hit with them. They make great news video and sound bites, but they are hopelessly irrelevent in the types of conflicts we are engaged in today. Shock and Awe did nothing but deplete our arsenal and cost us shitloads of money. Elective wars should be unthinkable, and attacking us should be equally unthinkable.
Look at the whole picture. We are not the economic dynamo we were post WWII up to the 1990's. We are a second rate manufacturing economy, bleeding our wealth to third world and other countries as we teach them how to perform our jobs for less to make the first one to rush in to these places in each job category a quick buck. Our military is addicted to the most expensive solutions to all problems. And now we have a President on a crusade to learn them Ay-rabs democracy, using our military.
But, I agree with your last sentence. I would like to see us stay in the business of being a stabilizing force for human achievement and the dignity of man by taking care of America. Jim