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Europe's Wishes Came True

eddie again Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 12:00 PM
the point is that you have no idea what the world would have been like if we had not spent the money and taken the actions we took. i get it that you do not like the world as it is, but your conclusion that it would have been better not to have done what was done is unsupportable. it is total speculation. i agree that the federal government is incurring too much debt. also, how and why it is incurring that debt is a valid question. president eisenhower warned us about out of control defense spending in 1959. did the bush administration make tactical and strategic errors in its response to 911. i believe it did. however, the strategy and tactics i would have taken are most lilkely far different than those you would have.

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...