[Rushtalk] George Will on Why Ron Paul is Right About Foreign Policy and RINO Mitt Romney is Wrong

Steven Laib stevenlaib at sbcglobal.net
Wed Aug 19 08:37:32 MDT 2015


Very good point Tom.

On 8/19/15 9:24 AM, Tom Matiska wrote:
> The tired old comparison of our defense spending to the rest of the 
> world is equally true of non defense spending.  We spend $9k++ per 
> capita on health care.    Russia less than $1k, China less than $400, 
> India spends $61, Pakistan a whopping $39 per( all members of nuke 
> club).....  look also at the nations that sponsor terrorism...... they 
> sure don't let health care interfere with their need to start wars    Tom
>
> http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.XPD.PCAP
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> On Wednesday, August 19, 2015 9:08 AM, Dennis Putnam 
> <dap1 at bellsouth.net> wrote:
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> And don't forget debt service. That and entitlements comprise nearly 
> 70% of the budget.
>
> 43% of the world's total military spending seems pretty efficient 
> considering the US performs 90% of the world's policing.
>
> That adds up to four cents.
>
> On 8/19/2015 8:54 AM, Steven Laib wrote:
> The problem is that if we weren't spending horrendous amounts of money 
> on social welfare then the budget would not be anywhere near as 
> troubled by the military spending.
> IMO, Military spending is constitutionally mandated.  Social welfare 
> is not and may not even be permitted.
>
> Just my two cents.
>
> SDL
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> On 8/17/15 11:00 PM, Carl Spitzer wrote:
>
>
> *George Will on Why Ron Paul is Right About Foreign Policy and Mitt 
> Romney is Wrong*
> /Writes/George Will:
>
> Few things so embitter a nation as squandered valor, hence Americans, 
> with much valor spent there, want Iraq to master its fissures. But 
> with America in the second decade of its longest war, the probable 
> Republican nominee is promising to extend it indefinitely.
>
> Mitt Romney opposes negotiations with the Taliban while they “are 
> killing our soldiers.” Which means: No negotiations until the war 
> ends, when there will be nothing about which to negotiate…
>
> *The U.S. defense budget is about 43% of the world’s total military 
> spending ­ more than the combined defense spending of the next 17 
> nations*, many of which are U.S. allies. *Are Republicans really going 
> to warn voters that America will be imperiled if the defense budget is 
> cut 8% from projections over the next decade? In 2017, defense 
> spending would still be more than that of the next 10 countries.*
>
> *Do Republicans think it is premature to withdraw up to 7,000 troops 
> from Europe two decades after the Soviet Union’s death?*About 73,000 
> will remain, most of them in prosperous, pacific, largely unarmed and 
> utterly unthreatened Germany. Why do so many remain?
>
> *Since 2001, the United States has waged war in three nations, and 
> some Republicans appear ready to bring the total to five, adding Iran 
> and Syria.*(/The Weekly Standard/, of neoconservative bent, regrets 
> that Obama “is reluctant to intervene to oust Iran’s closest ally, 
> Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”) *GOP critics say Obama’s proposed 
> defense cuts will limit America’s ability to engage in troop-intensive 
> nation-building. Most Americans probably say: Good…*
>
> Romney says: “It is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon…” 
> (Leon) Panetta says Iran acquiring nuclear weapons is “unacceptable” 
> and “a red line for us” and if “we get intelligence that they are 
> proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon, then we will take 
> whatever steps necessary to stop it.”
>
> *What, then, is the difference between Romney and Obama regarding Iran?*
>
> *Osama bin Laden and many other “high-value targets” are dead, the 
> drone war is being waged more vigorously than ever, and Guantanamo is 
> still open,*so Republicans can hardly say Obama has implemented 
> dramatic and dangerous discontinuities regarding counterterrorism. 
> Obama says that even with his proposed cuts, the defense budget would 
> increase at about the rate of inflation through the next decade.
>
> *Republicans who think America is being endangered by “appeasement” 
> and military parsimony have worked that pedal on their organ quite 
> enough.*
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