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Economics of Peace

Unfortunately for this kind of argument, we don't get to pick our wars. The jihadists declared war on us decades ago, before the first World Trade Center bombing. Its not like a party invitation. We can't just say, "No thank you, we're not in the mood for a war right now."
MatthewlovesAyn Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 3:58 PM
MO4: Reread the article once again. Pay special attention to the part marked BLOWBACK. We have been weaving our tangled webs in the middle east since Monroe was president, and have been particularly active in Iraq and Iran since we inserted the shah in the early '50's.
OldMexicanblog Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 9:58 AM
Re: Mother of 4,
-- Unfortunately for this kind of argument, we don't get to pick our wars. --

What's with this "we" business, Kimosabe? I am not willing to play the little game the government is playing with us. I am not willing to spend a single more cent just so Mrs. Mohammed can vote. I'm not willing to squander the ihneritance for my children in nation-building. Do you get it? Pay for those wars YOURSELF!
Reginald10 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 2:25 PM
Are you willing to pay, to protect yourself? How about the rest of America, would you protect us?

The Jihadists attacked us (again) on 9/11. Should we have acted to stop them, or allowed them to keep it up?

WE HAVE ENEMIES. They are self-propelled; we did not start them, they did that themselves. (Or their prophet Mohammed did, take your pick.) Stop saying that we shouldn't play games - this isn't a game, it's self defense. They want to kill or enslave us. What do you want? And are you willing to fight for it?
Dan107 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 9:00 AM
No, Mother. We can't say that we're not in a mood for a war right now. We also can't say, "Let me see how this will play out in our focus group before I decide what I should do about the assassination of one of my ambassadors."
But we did...
jr160 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 8:59 AM
You're right -- we, the people, don't get to pick our wars ... not if we keep voting for the D and R hacks that perpetuate the status quo. We have the power interests with their hands on the strings of our CIA puppets who lay the groundwork for corrupt regimes, dictatorships and extremist pockets in the Middle East and Latin America. These power interests DO pick our wars. We are then bombarded with propaganda to create fear so that we can rationalize our preemptive and evasive action ("national security") in these countries/regions we've set up. Save oil, there have been no vital US interests in any recent wars. There is nothing for us to win and everything for us to lose. We must stop creating the environment for war and stop picking war.
How would a free market entrepreneur approach Afghan foreign policy?

After all, our politicians seem incompetent on foreign policy given the soaring suicide rate among active duty U.S. military personnel, increasing insider attacks against NATO troops by our Afghan “allies” and numerous civilian casualties.

Capitalists have historically opposed war and embraced production as a means to freedom, prosperity and national security. So, it surprises me when self-described fiscal conservatives embrace a foreign policy of military interventionism.

Indeed, George W. Bush opposed nation-building when he ran for president in 2001; he maintained that military interventionism...