Yes, yes, yes.
"End the war", "Bread for the people", "End of illiteracy" and "electrification of the entire nation"
Where did I hear these before? Oh, yes, these were the top slogans of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Got it.
Of course, on the other side of the pond, the slogans went something like "the government must stay out of the way." Wonder which one of them worked out better.
You say: "Of course, on the other side of the pond, the slogans went something like "the government must stay out of the way." Wonder which one of them worked out better.
So who is waging the wars if not the government? Private enterprise? May be so!
They both survived everything but a prolonged attempt to civilize Afghanistan.
And I wouldn't write off the commies just yet. They clocked us in Nam, and if we don't get out of Afghanistan with our faculties intact, the Chinese are going to pwn us.
Hope you like censorship and chopsticks, comrade.
Let's face it, we started three wars in Middle East to protect our oil supply. Instead of sending our troops over there to be killed and papering those countries with our money, we could have done other things:
 Use the trillions spend on wars to built solar farms in the Southwest. I believe it's only about 90 square miles of solar panels that are needed to supply all of the electrical needs of the U.S. I wonder how much $5 trillion would buy. Then we could stop using hygro-carbons to produce electricity.
 Put natural gas in fast forward to replace oil wherever possible. We probably have the world's largest supplies of NG ... use $5 trillion to develop this resource, we know where it's located.
 Here's one that doesn't even cost anything: require SUV's to meet auto MPG minimums. Since the auto industry has succeeded in having SUV's classified as trucks [they're built on truck chassis], they don't have to meet the auto mileage requirements. If they did meet the minimum MPG, we would save so much gas that we wouldn't have to import any oil at all from Saudi Arabia.
Or, we could plan on having wars in the Middle East forever 'cause that's what it will take.
<..trillions spent on wars..>
As i have proven in prior posts, the wars have cost $1.2 trillion over ten years. Why do you keep insisting on inflating the number?
<I believe it's only about 90 square miles of solar panels>
Try 90 miles square. You are off by a factor of 1000. Then you have to have hundreds of thousands of miles of transmission lines. Enviros love that.
<Put natural gas in fast forward to replace oil wherever possible>
One thing we can agree on!
I think we are roughly on the same track (tho your solar panel numbers look iffy). But one has to also answer the warmongers who say these endless wars are needed to keep us safe (as if anyone feels any safer despite 10 years of war).
For this we have to marry ending wars with a settlement of the Mideast impasse, which I believe we can, if it is explained to the public how it is ruining our economy and our future. Sweeping this elephant under the rug is no longer an option.