Now, take the next step...
Unintended Consequences Indeed Regards,
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anais Nin
IMHBFWDAO, I think the provider of this info missed the real point that he should have made...namely aimed at the gun control yin-yangs among us. (not you RK, your just the messenger)
I mean the hunters in the state of Wisconsin should be proud of that accomplishment. Don't know how many deaths there were in the other named states, but with all those guns in the field, I'll bet there were fewer than auto deaths, or deaths by other accidents during this same time frame.
As to the reference to being a larger army than some other multiple of countries, I've never looked at needing my guns for that purpose. But I have had the need cross my mind of their necessity to protect myself from my own government, especially when it's masquerading as the current oligarchy.
When the one you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.
what were our leaders thinking when they thought we needed so many. they were really dumb.
here's an alternative viewpoint.
you guys are not only smarter than a 5th grader, you are smarter than a vice admiral...
"“The Soviets/Russians were done in by Reagan and our missile defense program because they cannot afford to build such a system,” said Miller. “They instead try to counter our program with rhetoric at the bargaining table. And they won by outmaneuvering Obama. START plays right into their hands.”"
"“The treaty prohibits the conversion of an existing ballistic missile system into a missile defense system,” said Miller. “We might want to do that with a Trident or an ICBM sometime in the future, particularly if the Chinese alleged threat materializes.”"
Last edited by david gibson; 12-23-2010 at 11:44 PM.
David, I admittedly didn't read your link, however if you or Mr. Miller think the Reagan bankruptcy analogy of the 1980's still applies then you haven't been paying attention.
In the 80's the USSR was involved in protracted, expensive war in Afghanistan that was a great strain on their treasury. Thanks to your boy GWB, that shoe is squarely on the other foot, with the additional entanglement of Iraq thrown in. Additionally, GWB in spite of inheriting the largest budget surplus in history, he promptly turned those into repeated record budget deficits. Obama has continued this fiscal insanity in his first 2 years.
So I would have to ask you and Mr. Miller in light of these facts, whom do you think would be the last man standing if the U.S.A, Russia, and China got into a protracted arms race designed to bankrupt the others?
I doubt the Chinese would be willing buy our chits or IOU's in that scenario, don't you?