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Sunday, January 15, 2006

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Brian

I wonder what color the sky is on the world MIchael lives on.

The gap he speaks of can probably be explained by the fact that the American government spends more on miltary spending than the next 20 biggest spenders *combined*. All of Europe, Korea, CHina, Japan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India, Israel,and Australia would have to band together to be able to put together a capable fighting force roughly equal to what America can put together on its own. When you're outgunned by such a wide margin, what can be done?

And this nonsense about America not acting "without regard to the interests and wishes of others" is complete BS and Andy, as a student of geo-politics, you should be the first to admit this. Every country acts in its own best interests... that's what countries do if they want to survive. America, through its elected government, does what is in her best interests... sometimes this coincides with a greater good (WW2, international aid), and sometimes it doesn't ("he may be a son-of-a-bitch but he's our son-of-a-bitch").

I know some people on the right refuse to even consider the notion of America being less than a perfectly altruistic country (just like how some o nthe left refuse to accept that America isn't all evil, all the time), but this kind of nonsense is pure fantasy.

Richardson

Brian, I think you took that quote out of context by omitting the preceding word, “invariably.” Better like this, “The United States does not… invariably act without regard to the interests and wishes of others.” If you still want to argue with that, good luck. It is obvious that the U.S. sometimes does help in situations where there is nothing tangible to gain. To take political/IR theory as dogma in the face of contradictions isn’t very helpful to your position. Just one example is Africa, which America could safely let implode with little real consequence.

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