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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:05 PM

How long will it take before we start seeing the savings

from getting out of Iraq and the draw-down in Afghanistan?

Or, since the military has gotten used to the huge amount of money they've been given over the last 12+ years and keep any savings we could be using for infrastructure, education and healthcare?

I can't understand why savings can't be pulled out of the military without downgrading our forces/strength?



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Reply How long will it take before we start seeing the savings (Original post)
Frustratedlady Feb 2013 OP
Jackpine Radical Feb 2013 #1
Frustratedlady Feb 2013 #5
Jackpine Radical Feb 2013 #9
Frustratedlady Feb 2013 #10
Cleita Feb 2013 #2
Frustratedlady Feb 2013 #6
pipoman Feb 2013 #3
Frustratedlady Feb 2013 #4
Cleita Feb 2013 #7
pipoman Feb 2013 #8

Response to Frustratedlady (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:11 PM

1. Remember the Peace Dividend after the end of the Cold War?

Last edited Thu Feb 14, 2013, 09:26 AM - Edit history (2)

Me neither.

(Edited: Peace Dividend, not Peace Bonus.)

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:57 PM

5. Not sure what you mean.

I wasn't paying much attention back then. At least no where near what I see/know/cringe at today.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 09:25 AM

9. When the Cold War ended, everyone thought

we could reduce our insane military expenditures & devote more money to domestic purposes like education, infrastructure, & maybe even health care.

But the Military-Industrial Complex quickly cam up with new threats so we had to keep building tanks, planes & bombs. Actually, the term used wasn't "Peace Bonus;" it was Peace Dividend.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 02:31 PM

10. Gotcha! Peace Dividend rang a bell. Thanks! eom

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Response to Frustratedlady (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:12 PM

2. Nobody can understand. However, the military/industrial complex that profits

so magnificently from these wars do understand. That's why they buy our politicians so that there will never be a majority in Congress that will have the balls to cut out all that corporate welfare.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:58 PM

6. Well, maybe we should start asking the questions?

Just thinking.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:19 PM

3. All branches are reducing numbers, and have been for a couple of years..

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Response to pipoman (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:53 PM

4. So, we must have some money lying around, eh?

I forget how much it cost/month in Iraq. I realize there are expenses in coming home, but a lot of that expense is what we pay whether they are sitting in the US or moving equipment home.

Just curious.

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Response to pipoman (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 08:01 PM

7. The money is being diverted to the manufacturers and contractors. n/t

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Response to Cleita (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 08:04 PM

8. Always works like that it seems..

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