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Europe's Wishes Came True

Corbett_ Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 10:51 AM
Bufa -- The reason I mentioned GWB's wars of aggression is that the author seems to be nostalgic about the "good old days" when Bush was throwing his weight around. We have spent hundreds of billions, if not trillions, had thousands killed and tens of thousands wounded, not to mention the hundreds of thousands we have killed and maimed, and what has it accomplished? Are we better off? Are we safer? Has al qaeda gone away? Is the region more stable? The answer to each of those questions is a resounding "NO!" So wouldn't we have been better off to have saved the money?

Almost a decade ago, Europeans and many progressive Americans were lamenting how the United States was going to miss out on the 21st-century paradigm symbolized by the robust European Union. Neanderthal Americans were importing ever more oil while waging a costly "war on terror" and fighting two conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our budget deficit in 2003 hit $374 billion.

The EU avoided foreign conflicts and embraced soft power. Its declining military budgets and centralized transnational government ensured that it could address global warming and fund ever-expanding entitlements. Even the poorer Mediterranean nations reached new heights of prosperity. The Greek economy...