[Rushtalk] George Will on Why Ron Paul is Right About Foreign Policy and RINO Mitt Romney is Wrong
stevenlaib at sbcglobal.net
Thu Aug 20 15:28:19 MDT 2015
You make a good point. The issue carries an underlying assumption that
social welfare spending savers or betters life.
I would suggest that some does, but a lot does not in the end.
Therefore, the premise may not be universally applicable.
On 8/20/15 4:20 PM, Stephen A. Frye wrote:
> I agree with the underlying principle of your post. At the same time,
> I question our willingness – and even lust – to spend money to take
> life, but balk at spending to save it or better it. We’re an odd
> species. We fight very hard for our right to kill each other.
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> *On Behalf Of *Steven Laib
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> *Subject:* Re: [Rushtalk] George Will on Why Ron Paul is Right About
> Foreign Policy and RINO Mitt Romney is Wrong
> 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.
> 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
> 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
> *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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