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Qtec
11-26-2003, 12:41 AM
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Scary and scandalous

Leader
Wednesday November 26, 2003
The Guardian

The US administration's defence authorisation bill for fiscal year 2004 was signed into law by George Bush this week. In all, it totals $401.3bn. Amazingly, this figure does not include one-off appropriations for US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan of approximately $150bn. Overall US defence expenditure under Mr Bush is at record levels. It is higher, in relative terms, than equivalent, average American spending during the cold war years when a hostile Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact confronted the US and its allies with thousands of nuclear warheads deployed on land, at sea and in the air, as well as chemical and biological weapons and vast conventional forces. Yet Mr Bush suggested that terrorism now represented the most potent threat in the history of the US. "The war on terror is different than (sic) any war America has ever fought," he said. "This threat to civilisation will be defeated. We will do whatever it takes." So much for the peace dividend.
Mr Bush's knowledge of history is not a matter that should detain us here, no more than is the meaning in this context of the word civilisation which, like Jack Straw, he presumably uses "advisedly". It is clear that Mr Bush senses a very great menace; and that he will take every opportunity between now and the next election to tell American voters how much they have to fear. This is an unusually disconcerting, manipulative message. His campaign slogan could almost be: "Vote for Bush. It's really scary".

Whatever the actual, unexaggerated threat level may be, some elements of the defence bill are really scary, too - or just plain scandalous. They include exemptions for the military from provisions of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Apparently unpatriotic dolphins and various pacifist fish have been thoughtlessly obstructing training exercises. The bill gives $9.1bn for the further development of Mr Bush's "Star Wars" global ballistic missile defence wheeze. And it authorises spending on research into a new generation of battlefield nuclear weapons, so-called "mini-nukes" and "bunker-busters" that, if built, will make nuclear warfare both more doable and more likely. This project breaches the spirit if not the letter of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which, in a developing world context, the US righteously and noisily insists upon. It is itself a potentially egregious act of proliferation. Japan, the world's only nuclear victim so far, protested yesterday that the future US deployment of such weapons is "something which cannot be allowed". Yes, but can it be stopped?


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eg8r
11-26-2003, 08:17 AM
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Yet Mr Bush suggested that terrorism now represented the most potent threat in the history of the US. "The war on terror is different than (sic) any war America has ever fought," he said. "This threat to civilisation will be defeated. We will do whatever it takes." So much for the peace dividend.
<hr /></blockquote> The quote above explicitly shows the author is an idiot, and I completely understand why Q does not get it either. Sort of follows Q sympathy for the homicide bombers in Israel. If the Israelis would just leave, then the homicide bombers would not have to kill them. Ha, what a joke Q. You and this author are probably sitting around drinking tea and smoking whatever laughing about the next article you will contrive.

Bush is stating he will do anything to remove the threat to Americans. The author feels this is being anti-peace. I guess the idiot would rather do nothing and just let the terrorists blow us all up and then the terrorists can live here peacefully.

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It is clear that Mr Bush senses a very great menace; and that he will take every opportunity between now and the next election to tell American voters how much they have to fear. This is an unusually disconcerting, manipulative message. His campaign slogan could almost be: "Vote for Bush. It's really scary". <hr /></blockquote> What a gem. I guess the author has never seen a commercial from the DNC. Those poor elderly pee their pants everytime an election comes near. The DNC scares them into believe the Reps will take away their SS.

eg8r