quote: The man is a real life Tony Stark type
quote: I find it tragically ironic that Neil Armstrong chose to attack Elon Musk.
quote: The poor guy was literally almost crying it sounded like when they asked him about Armstrong's rebuke. He just said again, that he was his hero and that he was really sad about it.
quote: The chief concern is that NASA is being relegated to a custodian, rather than being a first-rate research entity.
quote: Musk is driven, and has a lot of resources. If we tell him "no", he'll just take his project to some other country. Russia, maybe China, whoever.
quote: Oh well I guess we should have thought about that before Obama killed the Space Shuttle before we even had a working alternative. We've ALREADY "relegated" them sadly...
quote: First, he doesn't have to. He has pockets deep enough, and if successful with commercial satellite launches of which he has a significant backlog, there will be that revenue stream, as well. Without NASA, SpceX doing manned flight will simply take longer, but it will happen.
quote: The USA has has over 900 bases in 150 different countries, why is the US in South Korea for half a century?South Korea can look after themselves and they have Japan as a close ally.
quote: Or hows about the thousand of troops in my home country Australia?
quote: Australia has never been invaded by a foreign enemy, they too can look after themselves and they have New Zealand right next door as a very tight military and economic partner.
quote: The money saved by pulling your asses out of other countries, could be used for things like Nassa Programs or enhancing the border protection between the US and Mexico to stop illegal immigration.
quote: Technically, the allied UN forces and North Korea are still at war. There was never a formal peace treaty, just an armistice (cease-fire) which has stood to this day. The U.S. troops based on South Korea call themselves speed bumps. They know their job in a North Korean attack is to die so there will be no impediment to US (if not UN) reprisal.
quote: In exchange, the U.S. agrees to provide for Japan's national defense. That's why the U.S. has bases in Japan.
quote: The U.S. only has 198 troops in in Australia. If there are a thousand Americans stationed there, it's mostly their families and non-military support staff like restaurant workers. http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personnel/MILITARY/his...
quote: Australia narrowly escaped being invaded during WWII. The battle of the Coral Sea was a tactical victory for Japan, sinking one U.S. fleet carrier and nearly sinking a second. At the time, those two carriers were half the U.S. main Pacific battle fleet. But it was a strategic victory for the Allies because Japan's losses forced them to abandon plans to invade Port Moresby in southern New Guinea to secure the south Pacific from Australian planes. In fact that was the reason the U.S. gambled half its fleet at that battle - like the U.K., Australia could not be allowed to fall. Japan's plans to conquer southern New Guinea had to be thwarted. Had the battle gone differently and Japan had gone ahead with their plans for New Guinea, the Australian air bases in Townsville and Cooktown would surely have been bombed regularly. And there's no telling what the fate of northe
quote: Afraid not. You could completely eliminate U.S. military spending - reduce it to zero - and we'd still be running a $700+ billion budget deficit. The 2011 budget deficit is nearly twice as large as U.S. military spending.
quote: Their is a massive technological gap between South and North Korea, which should help in making up for South Korea's smaller military size.
quote: Again why? Since WW2 Japan has been a great, peaceful trading partner.Let the Japanese protect themselves! I believe as a sovereign nation that they should have that right.
quote: Recently the US president and our Prime Minster got together and announced that the US will be stationing a couple hundred troops and then building up to about 2,500 troops on rotation.And the US and Australia have also been in talks to build an Airbase on one of Australia's islands.
quote: But it would still be one way to reduce spending, if you could find all the ways to reduce the spending, it adds up.It's not really an excuse to keep spending yourselves into oblivion.
quote: The US almost went bankrupt last year for instance, don't you think things should change?All that debt... That will end up as taxes that the US citizens have to pay. No way around it.