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Old 01-17-2014, 05:39 PM   #5311
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Part of the problem is that we have spent ourselves into the poorhouse to defend allies who frankly don't give a damn about the United States, then get Presidents who practice cruise missile diplomacy. If you have the big, bad military machine, you've GOT to use it.......except that when you use it in a haphazard fashion, you create more enemies than you destroy. (Aspirin factories in the Sudan, anyone?)

Canada can get away with its limited military in large part because they're under our umbrella. (Please, don't get the impression that I'm saying Canada doesn't contribute. The Canadian military, while small, is excellent, and REALLY knows how to live in the field!)

NATO in general relies on US forces disproportionately. In the immediate post WW2 timeframe it was understandable. They had overtired forces and an extremely taxed population. Now? Time to step up for yourselves.
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By the way, on a semi-political note, if someone wants to listen to an occasionally political radio show with a unique bent, check out Dan Rea on Nightside
http://podbay.fm/show/440308136

Yes, it's in part Boston local, but he's well aware that WBZ's signal gets out to 38 states and Canada. (1030 AM)

On Benghazi in particular he's been on full attack. (A polite attack, but an attack nonetheless)
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Part of the problem is that we have spent ourselves into the poorhouse to defend allies who frankly don't give a damn about the United States, then get Presidents who practice cruise missile diplomacy. If you have the big, bad military machine, you've GOT to use it.......except that when you use it in a haphazard fashion, you create more enemies than you destroy. (Aspirin factories in the Sudan, anyone?)

Canada can get away with its limited military in large part because they're under our umbrella. (Please, don't get the impression that I'm saying Canada doesn't contribute. The Canadian military, while small, is excellent, and REALLY knows how to live in the field!)

NATO in general relies on US forces disproportionately. In the immediate post WW2 timeframe it was understandable. They had no tired forces and an extremely taxed population. Now? Time to step up for yourselves.
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Part of the problem is that we have spent ourselves into the poorhouse to defend allies who frankly don't give a damn about the United States, then get Presidents who practice cruise missile diplomacy. If you have the big, bad military machine, you've GOT to use it.......except that when you use it in a haphazard fashion, you create more enemies than you destroy. (Aspirin factories in the Sudan, anyone?)

Canada can get away with its limited military in large part because they're under our umbrella. (Please, don't get the impression that I'm saying Canada doesn't contribute. The Canadian military, while small, is excellent, and REALLY knows how to live in the field!)

NATO in general relies on US forces disproportionately. In the immediate post WW2 timeframe it was understandable. They had overtired forces and an extremely taxed population. Now? Time to step up for yourselves.
Many of us believe we should have a much stronger military, one that's more proportionate to our size and place in world affairs. Back in the Trudeau era, if memory serves me correctly, the shift was made to a greatly reduced total expenditure. Many believed then that it would be crippling, others cited having the United States as neighbors and allies. I can't remember this issue truly being hotly debated since those days, (not that it hasn't, it just hasn't been of any substance) so the issue receives little attention. Perhaps we have become too comfortable with our peace loving reputation that we take for granted our part in the defense of our citizens and support of like minded nations. So here we are, the nerdy neighbor waiting to come borrow some sugar.
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I think there's a lot we could learn from our neighbors to the north
Unfortunately the majority of us are so ignorantly arrogant, perfectly content with believing from the day we're born, for whatever reason, that we live in the "best country on earth" (whatever that even means..)
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Lol theres a reason everyone in the world practically hates us
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I think there's a lot we could learn from our neighbors to the north
Unfortunately the majority of us are so ignorantly arrogant, perfectly content with believing from the day we're born, for whatever reason, that we live in the "best country on earth" (whatever that even means..)
I have visited many US states through work, and have always been pleasantly surprised at how gracious and hospitable Americans are to visitors. I was treated like a favorite cousin they hadn't seen in years. American day to day life is so similar, that you'd never know you were Stateside had you not been stopped at the border!

I have envied how much more patriotic Americans are over Canadians, and feel we could learn a lesson or two on love of country from you. Some are fiercely patriotic, and some may mistake that for arrogance, but I believe you have the right to be proud, and have certainly earned it!

I have a Canada flag on all my vehicles, and one in my humble apartment which I look at every day. I too, am unapologetically proud of my country.

Now I don't approve of all of your government's policies, (nor all of my own) but wouldn't for a heartbeat paint all of America's citizens with the same brush, because anyone with a heartbeat and a clue knows that our governments don't always behave exactly as we wish! But from one citizen to another, Canadians love Americans. Almost everything about them. If you don't believe me, we can take my American truck, and haul my American ATV out for a journey, after stopping at an American big box store for supplies and swinging into an American food chain for some grub.

Yeah, we think Americans are A Okay! (sorry) Eh Okay!
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...but the still cash our checks!
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Unfortunately the majority of us are so ignorantly arrogant, perfectly content with believing from the day we're born, for whatever reason, that we live in the "best country on earth" (whatever that even means..)

Oooohhhh the irony.......
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