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The whole world loves pinning responsibility on the U.S.
The United States is not the only nation involved in the "Policing of the world" though.
Originally posted by magicmushroom you cannot comment on what I post but comment on how I post.
Well how educated is that? What, do you lack the wear with all to debate on this thread. Never mind perhaps a more worthy opponent may present themselves who can take up the cudgel to represent their country.
Yes your right you best go shoot some hoops, you dont want to tire yourself out with logical debate do you now.
Originally posted by Cpt. Monty
reply to post by West Coast
Well said West Coast, thank you for backing me up a bit against the rash and overly opinionated comments from mushroom. It is much appreciated to see that I am not the only one who sees his ridiculous behavior.
"The United States, being the most formidable military power, it is worth looking at their spending, compared to the rest of the world. Consider the following:
The US being the wealthiest, strongest and most influential nation, it is worth seeing how their actions or inaction affect other nations. One notable area is US foreign aid. Being a major part of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and even helping to formulate the United Nations over 50 years ago, their actions can be felt around the world.
Around the world for numerous years, many have criticized the US for cutting back on its promised obligations and responsibilities, and that furthermore, when it has provided aid, it has been tied to its own foreign policy objectives. Yet, many rich nations that provide aid can be criticized in a similar way.link
1. The USA is the world's biggest giver
“When the going gets tough, Americans keep giving - to the tune of nearly $241 billion. Charitable donations for 2002 set a new high, rising 1 percent over 2001's total in current dollars, according to Giving USA, a report released Monday by the American Association of Fundraising Counsel's Trust for Philanthropy in Indianapolis. The estimated $240.92 billion in gifts equalled 2.3 percent of US gross domestic product.
Although once it is adjusted for inflation the amount represents a 0.5 percent decline since 2001, it still shows "the resilience and pervasiveness of giving in our culture," says Leo Arnoult, chair of the AAFRC Trust.
Most donations come from individuals (76 percent of the total), and some nonprofit sectors were hit harder last year than others.”
Foreign assistance is a fundamental component of the international affairs
budget and is viewed by many as an essential instrument of U.S. foreign policy.
Since the end of the Cold War, many have proposed significant changes in the size,
composition, and purpose of the program, several of which have been adopted. The
focus of U.S. foreign aid policy has also been transformed since the terrorist attacks
of September 11, 2001. This report provides an overview of the U.S. foreign aid
program, by addressing a number of the more frequently asked questions regarding
There are five major categories of foreign assistance: bilateral development aid,
economic assistance supporting U.S. political and security goals, humanitarian aid,
multilateral economic contributions, and military aid. Due largely to the recent
implementation two new foreign aid initiatives — the Millennium Challenge
Corporation and the Global AIDS Initiative — bilateral development assistance has
become the largest category of U.S. aid.
In 2004, the United States is providing some form of foreign assistance to about
150 countries. Israel and Egypt continue, as they have since the late 1970s, as the
By nearly all measures, the amount of foreign aid provided by the United States
declined for several decades but has grown in the past few years. After hitting an alltime
low in the mid1990s, total foreign assistance (but excluding Iraq reconstruction)
for FY2003/2004, in real terms, has been larger than any two-year period since the
mid-1980s. The 0.2% of U.S. gross national product represented by foreign aid
obligations the past two years, however, is among the smallest amounts in the last
half-century. The United States is the largest international economic aid donor in
dollar terms but is the smallest contributor among the major donor governments
when calculated as a percent of gross national income.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) manages the bulk of
bilateral economic assistance; the Treasury Department handles most multilateral aid;
and the Department of Defense (DOD) and the State Department administer military
and other security-related programs. The Millennium Challenge Corporation is a new
foreign aid agency created in 2004. The House International Relations and Senate
Foreign Relations Committees have primary congressional responsibility for
authorizing foreign aid programs while the House and Senate Appropriations Foreign
Operations Subcommittees manage bills appropriating most foreign assistance funds.
You seem fixated with exotic weaponry and assume that will do the job or save the day. And again I ask the question if you could not stop 19 terrorists achieving what they did how are you going to stop say thousands on your own soil. You see thats the mistake you make, you talk about what you can do to others but not what can be done to you.
You talk as though the US and its people are immune from any attack but it is not is it. The wars that you so applaud can be brought to your own doorstep, perhaps when you see your loved ones being murdered it will make you think. Perhaps thats what America and Americans need, war on their own soil, I wonder if you would have the stomach or fortitude for it. It would appear that you are just an armchair warrior spouting arrogance and ignorance from a nice safe place but maybe not for long.
You make the assumption that American is everyones friend and supports them when that is not true. And just as a tip stop believing all the bull crap about Iran, Israel has nukes and has threatened to use them and not just against Iran but against others including the US. Why are you fighting their wars for them, are American lives worth less than Israeli ones.
There is every chance that whilst America impales itself on three wars thats when it will be struck and struck hard. Its a basic strategy, wait till your opponent is bogged down and then stomp all over them.
We have strategically surrounded Iran so to say,I think that alot of the reason behind are problem in Iraq is that we really don't care,we just want a position against Iran-which we have.
The USSR had an economy that was roughly 300-350 billion dollars, its economy was far smaller than americas back then, but it did spend most of its GDP on its military. The US could easily outspend the soviets, and did, which caused the initial collapse of the USSR. At current, the US spends roughly 5-6 percent of GDP on its military, which is about the average for every major industrialized nation. So I do not see how the two compare.
Tell me, why doesnt russia have any smart missiles, or smart bombs?
I suppose the entire Saddam regime, along with Talibani ruled government in Afghanistan don't count?
Where was all your power and weaponry on 9/11
You also claim that we are not the only country in Iraq or Afghanistan-true,but we are the MAJORITY there,if all these other countries really wanted to help than they would send some REAL help and stop letting us do all the damn fighting-what UK sends 10,000 troops and we send 160,000?????Are you kidding me?
The Germans were getting beat by the Russians BEFORE the US entered-again wrong,do some research
You also realize that the US was fighting the Jap's almost entirely by OURSELFS right?
You claim the United States didn't win World War II, and guess what....you're right! It was a joint effort, everyone knows that, and had the United States not entered the European theater of war when it did, you can bet every single pound you have saved up that that the United Kingdom would have been a smoldering pile of rubble. Sure, Britain had the RAF, which was an amazing force to be reckoned with at the time, but Britain would not have been able to fight against the German machine without help from the United States, and you should know that.