quote: Why is China trying to attack our networks?I thought they just wanted to be friends? I find all of this very confusing.Does China want to our friends or our enemies?
quote: After all, we are the only nation to deliberately use the atomic bomb on a population, knowing full well the consequences.
quote: To use the word "deceny" in relation to anything the Japanese did in World War 2 is, in my book, almost a criminal act. At least Nazi forces killed some of their victims immediately. Japanese use of torture on both POWs and civilians was so atrocious as to make being a US POW in a German camp seem like a 5 star luxury resort.
quote: The firebombing, while brutal, taken together with the nuclear strikes, allowed the Japanese military and Emperor (just barely) to surrender. If you bother to take a gander at the expected loss of life in the event of a US ground invasion, plus total devastation of probably everything not already destroyed, then you'd realize we did the best we possibly could. What would you of had us do, genius, surrender after our victory at Midway? :P
quote: The others I wont necessarily disagree with, though you did manage to pick the weakest possible argument for Vietnam. Nevermind, you know, carpet bombing rice paddies and backing corrupt governments, or even getting involved in an internal social problem in the first place -- lets hate on Monsanto.
quote: Remember, people, it's all about money. All the emotion, the drama, the good vs. evil, is irrelevant.
quote: In Japan, the napalm fires from the bombs we dropped kill more people than the two nuclear bombs combined. However, few people know this outside of Japan. Also, I recalled the Pearl Harbor is a military target, therefore it was fair. They had the decency not to attack major cities on the West Coast. Our attacks illustrate our ignorance and hypocracy.
quote: In Vietnam, we "assumed" indefinite health effects from Monsanto Agent Orange in the future was better than definite death during combat. So, we have hundreds of thousands of soldiers with terrible problems coming home that they must deal with for the rest of their lives. I'm not even considering the Loacians, Vietnamese and Korean victims.
quote: By creating Israel in its very inconvinent location, we basically spawned the Israel-Arab conflict and made the middle east hate us despite our assistance fighting the Soviet.
quote: Our aid to Africa included Monsanto products which created their dependence on us to this day. Yet we screw them over by subsidizing our farm industry to the tune of 25 billion dollars and sinking the prices so that Africa can't compete on the global farm market. This also screws with the global food markets and has been very contraversial and yet US media marginalizes it.
quote: Before we entered Iraq, the main reason for poverty was because we sanctioned the country to death. Sanctions hurt the people more than their leaders. With their oil, they could be a very proment Arab state with stable government and good infrustructure. Instead, we went in and gave everyone a headache and an uncertain future.
quote: Our lack of planning has left a path of destruction everywhere we went. We have been the nemesis of those we tried to help. Yet we continue to toss the good administrations and elect ones with many corporate ties. The American government is suppose to absorb the externalities of American corporations, not get in bed with it. Do our ends really justify our means?
quote: Do our ends really justify our means?
quote: you can't choose when the ends justify the means
quote: well, the US, and the UK, are solely responsible for the Middle-East crysis
quote: Don't bring this evil government BS to the argument. The war has nothing to do with that. Do you forget how the US armed Iraq in the 80's to attack Iran? And the friendship only ended when Iraq invaded Kwait. About the sanction, of course America can saction alone (you know that companies that sell to US sanctioned countries cannot do commerce with the US, right?).
quote: the use of the bomb was a crime, period
quote: France left the region after a 20 year old war without being near to a victory. What the heck were the American politicians thinking when they approved the invasion?
quote: As a result, with their Oil, being a stable government with solid infrastructure is exactly what we are trying to put in place.
quote: THEY (the civilian population) do not want us there
quote: As for their oil, we're practically auctioning it off to the highest bidding corporation(s).
quote: THEY (the civilian population) do not want us there.
quote: how did they know the explosion was going to stop?
quote: I think people should stop thinking of countries as enemies or friends and start thinking of people as people.
quote: The only people that truely threaten the safety of the world are American politicians spreading ignorance.
quote: Does China want to our friends or our enemies?
quote: If they want to try and mess with our high tech infrastructure we should feel free to mess with themeconomically also.
quote: If a bully pushes you on the play ground the worst thing you can do is ignore them. Push back. Hell break their nose. Bullies are only emboldened byinaction.
quote: Two reasons: environmental regulations from the EPA and cost.
quote: But again, some think it would be much better for us as whole to do so, and get back to the days of US power in manufacturing and let the economy even itself out.
quote: If a bully pushes you on the play ground the worst thing you can do is ignore them. Push back. Hell break their nose. Bullies are only emboldened by
quote: Don't be so quick to dismiss cost as a secondary factor. Cost, without a doubt, is the leading factor in why jobs go overseas. While I think environmental regulations have gone too far in the U.S., the EPA didn't force Burger King to move its drive-thru checkout to India
quote: What you propose is moving from a manufacturing economy to a service economy -- then back to a manufacturing economy. I personally would rather be writing about technology than working in a textile factory. However, the U.S. has a very large population in its backyard that is willing to work for $5 / hour, but last I heard we're shipping them back south and putting up a big wall in between them and us.
quote: I won't be carrying M16s into battle against China, and I sort of like cities (both ours and theirs) in a non-nuclear-apocalytic state.
quote: But a like for their cities is definately not a reason to prohibit war either.
quote: Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
quote: We worry about China changing the U.S., when all the while we've completely changed the face of what was China.
quote: when all the while we've completely changed the face of what was China.
quote: but last I heard we're shipping them back south and putting up a big wall in between them and us.
quote: I would contend with you that eliminating trade with them would boost our economy in the long run, but in the short run, it would create a bit of havok with higher prices than we are used to.
quote: Maybe if you'd stop shopping at Walmart where everything is made in China we might be able to begin thinking about it.
quote: We'd all have to give up our all-consuming need for iPods and TVs and other toys first.
quote: US - 250.000 active soldiers
quote: But with scarcer oil reserves and their insatiable energy demand, we're heading for a rough future.
quote: Especially since there is no pressure of every Americans to decreased their demand and ditch their SUVs.
quote: Now, if the average SUV is 8 miles per gallon less efficient than a normal car, that means the SUV draws that much more gas than a normal car. Ok, so now, multiply that by the number of SUVs out there, and you now have a basis to show how much additional gas is WASTED because people decided to buy an SUV rather than a normal car. Now, based on that, an estimate about how much that additional gas increases the price(because higher demand increases the price).
quote: If the demand for gas were lower, the price of gas would be lower.
quote: , they should be responsible for compensating those who have a normal car that does not suck up that amount of gas.
quote: trying to say that this LOVE of SUVs does not drive up the cost of gas is also foolish
quote: Those who can afford to buy an SUV should also be willing to compensate those who buy a normal car that can average 32 or more miles per gallon.
quote: No let's face it, China is the world manufacture of goods. You wouldn't have acquired the material wealth we enjoy now if it was not because of their cheap workforce. Your US made TV will cost you three times as much as you're paying now.
quote: Your US made TV will cost you three times as much as you're paying now.
quote: And tax cuts, big in favor of that here. The rich need more of their own money to expand business and create jobs. If people are against the tax cuts, then quit complaining about the unemployment rate.
quote: I've read all of your posts and with this comment I've concluded that you're a complete idiot that has essentially no understanding of foreign or economic policy.
quote: To assume, and even worse, publicly state that the rich require additional tax breaks so that we, the working class, can experience economic success is the pinnacle of ignorance.
quote: Are you aware that that the super rich now control more of the GDP than any other time in history?
quote: Do you understand that the middle class has experienced virtually stagnant wages for nearly 8 consecutive administrations?
quote: Do you realize the super rich are paying the least of their share since the signing of the Declaration of Independence?
quote: Or, you can continue to vote out of ignorance and hope for the best...
quote: Get used to it, folks. It's only gonna worse for us Yanks as China's influence continues to grow.
quote: There is no plausible backing to that statement.
quote: I'd love to hear your justification for that...
quote: That’s a lot of hot air and opinion, but I’m just trying to make the point that the world is changing and future events will roll out based on the new realities which we face, looking at recent (i.e. 20th Century) history is not a reliable indicator for future events if taken in isolation...in my opinion.
quote: Even though a direct military battle is unlikely
quote: The only question is who will fire first. We can already count out the EU.
quote: They do take jobs that people don't like to do and yet they get persecuted that they are taking jobs away. However no one wants to do them and they are also more industrious than the people who live on welfare of the middle class tax subsidization.
quote: Everyone is greedy and would like to despise people or nations who are more successful
quote: Playing fair, and having equal environmental regulations would definitely start to even the scale with China - but we still cannot compete with
quote: Cyberwarfare is like playing monopoly where US has all the land.