Hi Richard, thank you for the gentlemanly reply, I want to appologize too, I get VERY hot under the collar about some of the subjects here, and this is why I have stayed far away from the discussions for so long. No matter how many times I reread a message before I hit 'submit' my anger shows in my choice of words..
For some of your replies I have to totally agree, of one: I'd rather see the money spent inside our own country too..
The 'liberals' that i referred to that have handcuffed the Homeland Security [that I deal with at airports] are the ACLU... they are nuts... the screening is just a whitewash, windowdressing, almost meaningless.. Just a 'feel-good' for the flying public.. I believe that the background checks done on me by the FBI etc to clear me to fly an airliner full of US citizens should clear me to be able to carry a small pocket knife [it's a tool, not a weapon] a small multi-tip screwdriver, and a small pair of pliers.. I carried these for decades flying corporate and private aircraft, but can't get them through 'Homeland Security'.
I could go and be part of the FFDO program, but the responsibility of carrying a weapon is pretty great, and I haven't convinced myself I want that responsibility. YET.. Maybe when the FFDO is allowed to carry concealed, Like I can in Michigan, but not out of state.. or on the plane I'm piloting..
As for cancer, yes it is a big killer, I lost my best friend... my father , a few years ago to cancer... but you know, I'd much rather see him die of a breakdown of his body after 87 wonderful years, than to see some terrorist kill him.. He fought in WWII, in the Ardens during the 'battle of the bulge', he deserved to live a life free of worry about some foreign terrorist getting into our country and killing him, or anyone else he knew..
LIfe WILL end, for each and everyone of us, either from cancer, heart disease, accident, stroke, something, they are for the most part not preventable.. but a terrorist with a gun, poison, bomb or knife is preventable..I'll pay for that protection. We HAVE to have that protection...
I do totally agree that we are embroiled in a civil war in Iraq.. But if we want any chance at turning around the 'Hate-America' brainwashing that the Iraq children and generations of Iraqi have heard, it is through our humanitarian efforts.. YES we need the same stuff here on our own land, but without reducing the threat from abroad, we won't have much chance of rebuilding our own infrastructure, it will be destroyed in a war fought in our own backyards.
Your comment about 'throwing a dart' to pick a country to invade is a bit off.. I don't think you can say we invade our allies land...
Yes I agree that we need to do more in afghanistan, but with Pakistan next door, with nukes, we have to tread very carefully...
AND now please think about this... before the Iraq war #2, how were the Iraqi people living... in a bankrupt country, run by a ruthless dictator, with a crumbling infrastructure... If we ever hope to have any chance of countering the brainwashing against America, we need an example to point to, and say yes we occupied that country for some years, but when we left it, it was far, far better of than when we first got there. We have to use this type of battle, it is the only one the common person sees or cares about.
An absolute guarantee of safety? No, that is not possible, I agree, but we have to do what we can to turn around the rhetoric of the Islam 'clerics' [or whatever] that preach that we are the 'great satan'. We HAVE to turn that around, or ... become totally isolationists, erect a wall, build up a strong border with virtually NO travel across it, with impossible infrastructure to fend off the outside world.. it won't work... I wish in many ways it could and would.. 'press one for english'.... ggrrrrr... !!!
Anyway, I think I'll try to stand away from this, it's not good for my blood pressure, and I need to keep my first class medical for another ten years...
It's been a week, the coal hopper for the AA boiler is near empty,, I guess I need to go get some exercise..
Take care, Greg L