reply to post by xpert11
I have a question for you. Just what exactly do you think Obama should treat as a threat to either a threat to the US or global security and what
constitutes such threats? Cheers xpert11.
Earlier, I gave an abbreviated response to your more difficult to answer enquiry. I offered the following as items from which Obama could choose:
1) International drug trafficking
2) Proliferation of nuclear weapons
3) Global warming or accelerated climate change.
5) Unsustainable population growth around the planet
6) Over-catching of ocean fish resources.
7) Failure of IMF, WB and WTO in third world countries
8) Israel’s encroachment on Arab’s land
9) Wasteful use of scarce potable water
10) Easy acceptance of murder and killing as normal.
I expect others could find more pressing issues to add to this short list.
I’m sorry if I forgot the War on Terror
. That fiasco so much favored by the Neo Cons. If we do the first 10 items above, there will be no
need for a war on terror. If we refuse or neglect to do those things then VP Cheney’s angry prediction of a “perpetual” war or Big John
McCain’s offer to have a war in Iraq for “100 years” will be fulfilled. In the end of it all if either man proves right, then we up here will
all work for Halliburton ot Blackwater! Ugh! Shades of Smaug
, JRR Tolkien's vile dragon! (No, I cannot pronounce it).
On drug trafficking. 8,000 people have been murdered in Mexico by gangs engaged in territorial drug wars over the past 2 years, ‘07 and ‘08.
Mexican authorities complain 80% of the heavy guns used by the gangs are imported from the United States. Yet we Americans continue to regard that
territorial dispute as essentially a Mexican problem. Come Quick Sweet Jesus!
Take your people home while their self-inflicted innocence yet
Sharks native to the Gulf of Baja formerly ignored the presence of tourists swimming along the beautiful beaches. Over the past 2 years that live and
let live relationship has changed. More than 3,000 human bodies have been thrown into the Gulf by the warring drug gangsters. How many were alive at
the time is anybody's guess. The sharks have not surprisingly acquired a taste for humans. A legitimate and lucrative tourist industry is now put in
Not so long ago Fortune Magazine
which annually publishes a list of the 1000 richest people in the world - an honor roll of the rich and famous
- added a drug cartel murdering gangster to their list of achievers as evidenced by his acquiring a billion dollars. Had their list existed in the
early 1940s, I’m sure they would have put Adolph Hitler down as exemplary of an efficient railroad transporter for having hauled 6 million Jews to
the Holocaust. Have you no sense of decency, no sense of propriety, Fortune Magazine?
I can’t go on today explaining my hypothesis, Mr X11, but I attribute this downfall in national morality say purpose to the LOW INCOME TAX RATES
imposed from Reagan onward. (Reagan cut the 50% rate of Carter to 28%). A country that pays no taxes is worthless to anyone including itself. Paying
taxes is the one thing both rich and poor can do, hopefully in graduated rates recognizing the lesser incomes and resources of the poor.
Taxes are the great equalizer. And the great unite-er to misquote a semi-literate former president.
[edit on 6/15/2009 by donwhite]