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The Marines were not landed in combat during the first gulf war. So the Clinton Administration decommissioned. sold scrapped or stored the Marines ability to ever land such a force again. Budget surplus. The ability to land heavy equipment directly ashore went with the Tank landing ships.
Granted that any such enterprise of that size is fraught with risks given the capabilities of current anti- ship missile. The lack of having it is far different than not.
Just how many international water transit choke points can one lose before some force of size needs to be landed to retake control? We would be hard pressed to even re-take the Panama Canal if it fell under organized hostile forces.
Now my whole life all I ever seem to hear is people and groups try and make a lire out of my mama. At first I thought what I was a hearing was good. Not talking bad about people because of their looks has always been the best way of doing things. After a short while I starts ta hearing how White People hate Black people. It's in the Papers. the Magazines.(there used to be a lot of them.) The Schools, TV, As Time progressed, Blacks became ,well, anybody who wasn't overtly Lilly White. As of today, you cannot even mention COLOR without the other Colors getting bent out of shape. Unless it's GREEN!!!!!!!!! that Color is the only Good one today.
By the way, what Islamic group uses Green as their Color? And who is riding shotgun for them?
If he looks like or actually does lose, then poor Mitt will be conducting armed conflict as a measure of last resort. Unless he goes soft and belly up.
Clinton did little to address the growing problem with Islamic fundamentalism. His Party allowed the next Administration to involve itself when things became acute, yet pulled the Rug of support in short order. Now our current President is actively putting in power the same Ideology the previous Administration went to war against.
So, do we need wonder what is in store for America if our current occupant of the White House is NOT re-elected?
The loss of the initial investm ent is small compared to the secondary costs picked up by the state and private industry. Unemployment benefits is poverty level taxable revenue. On one hand the figures are used to establish eligibility for other Social Welfare benefits and the Tax filings are used for supplemented Tax Returns. Let us not forget the actual loss of tax revenue all aspects of Government were receiving as REAL wage earners.
On the private side we have the difference between what the job produced in income vs. what the State offers in recompense. A pretty hefty loss of consumer activity directly effecting sales tax collections. Followed by the eventual rippling effect such spending reductions have on the community(s) private economic activity.
Apparently, the Progressive policy of Social Justice is chugging along quite nicely. Provide a little seed money in the "right" places and let the market run it's natural course.