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So comparing a defense budget to another defense budget is comparing apples to oranges. Ok. I used Israel's budget because supposedly they share the same threats as we do. I'm not really sure how the interrogation process factors into the $550 billion more we spend.
The president's speech you refer to, are you talking about the one where he said, "You're either with us or you're with the terrorists?" Brilliant. If you are holding GW to his words, then I guess we have many other countries to invade. Right after those speeches, I remember Hamas being blamed for a couple attacks in Israel. So why then did we go to Iraq, when we had a group so willing to openly attack. Weird. The Iraq war was never about terrorism. And I knew the War on Terrorism wasn't about terrorism when we decided to unConstitutionally invade Iraq, instead of doing job 1: Getting Bin Laden.
Please give some examples of radical Islam that goes way back.
The Barbary pirates, also sometimes called Ottoman corsairs, were Muslim pirates and privateers that operated from North Africa, from the time of the Crusades until the early 19th century. Based in Tunis, Tripoli, Algiers, Salé and ports in Morocco, they preyed on Christian and other non-Islamic shipping in the western Mediterranean Sea. Wiki
Boone my $550 billion was in reference to my earlier post comparing Israel and America's last years defense budget. And I was also referring to overseas intelligence. The discussion is defense budgets not each country's size. Griff's post earlier showed the defense budget. You should just refer to that instead of asking me.
No Boone I don't support invading Syria, Iran or Palestine. What I do support is our Constitution. I guess you didn't understand that I was showing the hypocrisy that is the war on terror. We were supposedly after terrorists, yet we ignored highly publicized terror attacks, and went on into Iraq. But as you already know Boone, we had to go find those 500 outdated munitions from the 80's that posed imminent danger to the US homeland. Mission Accomplished there.
I would however support going into Pakistan to get Bin Laden. I would still like to see the evidence we have that shows his guilt in 9/11. We are yet to see any of that.
I guess if the Barbary Pirates were Muslim extremists, then that would make the American slave traders Christian extremists. Didn't the Barbary Pirates begin around the time the Crusades began? I believe they were a response to the Muslims being slaughtered by the Europeans. I will have to go back and refresh my memory on that. So in a way, I guess they were mad because people were meddling in their affairs.