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Nation building

March 13, 2013

I don’t understand why our American government insists on spending hundreds of billions of dollars on nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan....

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eriklatranyi

Mar-13-13 6:06 AM

So, Mr. Mills wants the military to patrol our streets?

Typical thinking of a liberal idiot.

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wwhickok

Mar-13-13 6:19 AM

As far as the building in other nations is concerned, many Americans have been saying this for years. This is in large part why we're so far in debt, the government keeps giving our money to everyone else.

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MrShaman

Mar-13-13 6:24 AM

So let's bring our troops home and have them guard our borders, and patrol the streets with our police force, and get rid of these gangs, criminals and drugs." - Al Mills

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I'd rather see them patrolling Wall Street...where the MOST damage (in the U.S.) is "arranged".

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metalhead

Mar-13-13 6:27 AM

Rite-on. We need to take care of our own back yard first and foremost.

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WKnapp

Mar-13-13 6:29 AM

The single biggest waste of our tax dollars is the 22% of the UN budget we provide. We need to drop out and evict them.

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wwhickok

Mar-13-13 7:51 AM

This letter makes a lot of sense actually, despite the opening comment ridiculing him for suggesting to have the Military patrolling our streets. First of all, honestly, I'm not sure that's a great idea if we're talking simply the financial side of it. It'll be quite costly to 'Police' the military into a routine law-enforcement detail. Would it help the gang situation? Yes, I believe it could, I'm not sure if it "would". But again I'm simply talking about the financial side of it. As far as actually bringing our troops home. That is long overdue.

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nobud74

Mar-13-13 8:12 AM

Restricting our involvement in the business and workings of other countries is one thing, the notion that military patrolling our streets is another.

We could certainly shrink our defense budget and the monies paid to other countries (let's call it bribes to do what we want) that do not produce results. Add to that the money saved by not having so many injured soldiers and you may have some real savings.

As for the military rolling through cities cleaning up the bad guys, that is not what they are trained to do. Also, look at other countries that use military for that purpose and see how well that works--start in Mexico.

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enigma

Mar-13-13 8:27 AM

I agree that building a nation where the people do not want one is stupid, but having the military patrolling our streets is not only dumb, but illegal. At one time in this country, some in the government watched out for the people and passed the Posse Comitatus Act which forbits the use of the military to enforce civilian law. Using them on the border would probably be permissible, but not a good idea because it would take them away from their primary mission of training to defend the country. They only need to protect the border if an armed group attacks. Using the military to enforce the law is the kind of thing third world dictators do.

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SteelerFan

Mar-13-13 8:38 AM

We should be using more of our military to patrol and enforce our borders. I don't wan't the military patroling our streets. Yes, we should remove ourselves from the giant black hole that is the UN.

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BornHere

Mar-13-13 8:46 AM

Just bring them home. Returning military could be used for border guards, replacing civilians working for customs, airport security ect. This would save the US much money.

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CHayes

Mar-13-13 8:53 AM

The Posse Comitatus Act prohibuts the US military from being used for domestic law enforcement.

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Josh84

Mar-13-13 8:55 AM

enigma Mar-13-13 8:27 AM****"some in the government watched out for the people and passed the Posse Comitatus Act which forbits the use of the military to enforce civilian law."

Bingo!

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CMReeder

Mar-13-13 9:17 AM

I have to ask then if the invasions by the US of Afghanistan and Iraq was wrong to begin with? I also want to ask if being a productive partner globally is not in the US best interests? Giving aid to nations does that include selling of military eqipment and hardware? Giving humanitarian aid to other nations also be banned? If we give aid to another country we are nation building. Are we to turn our backs on a nation that is striving to be democracy, a republic or free of a tyrant?

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philunderwood

Mar-13-13 9:46 AM

Military force should be limited to defending the country. Any other use is far too costly in terms of our wealth and the lives of our service men and women. The war on terror can be pursued using drones and intelligence, which is far more sensible than waging ground wars. I do believe, however, that targets should be subject to review by a select group made up of legislators and members of the judiciary.

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CMReeder

Mar-13-13 10:04 AM

Phil, which branch of government has control of the military?

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CMReeder

Mar-13-13 10:05 AM

So are you for building bridges between nations or destroying them?

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BornHere

Mar-13-13 10:05 AM

I'm sorry I did not know that, my mistake.

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CMReeder

Mar-13-13 10:06 AM

Our military is not only warriors and defenders but peace keepers also.

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philunderwood

Mar-13-13 10:13 AM

Just because the President is Commander In Chief doesn’t give him the right to use the military any way he chooses; we’re supposed to be a nation of laws and that means everyone, including the President, must follow the laws, otherwise we’re headed toward a dictatorship.

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SteelerFan

Mar-13-13 10:54 AM

Wait for it Phil, it will probably 'Sham' real soon with his usual accusation of Bush taking us to war with Irag and Afghanistan illegally, approved by Congress of course.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-13-13 11:30 AM

Not illegally, steelers, but with falsified intelligence. Read hubris by isikof or 1% doctrine by suskind and you'll have a better idea of what happened..

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Bufftrev1

Mar-13-13 11:43 AM

Not illegally, steelers, but with falsified intelligence. Read hubris by isikof or 1% doctrine by suskind and you'll have a better idea of what happened..

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nobud74

Mar-13-13 12:39 PM

When we give money for humanitarian efforts, it is often siphoned off by warlords, the govt and thugs and very little if any actually makes it to the poor.

As for the assertion that our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan is illegal or unwise, I believe the original intent was good. However, we hamstring our military. They are designed to conquer and kill, destroy things and win. When our govt tries to fight a PC war, more of our kids die than need be. Perhaps when we go into these places we do it full force, get rid of the problem and then immediately turn over the country to the people and let them figure it our--or we just keep our darn noses out of it.

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SteelerFan

Mar-13-13 1:13 PM

thanks Buff, I needed a good laugh.

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SteelerFan

Mar-13-13 1:15 PM

I agree with you nobud. It's time for us to keep our noses out of other people's business.

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