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Atypical Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-18-11 01:05 PM
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7. Several reasons.
There are several reasons, but I can think of two major ones, that are totally separate sides of the coin.

In terms of why we invade other countries, I think it's pretty clear that Eisenhower was right. First of off, there is a beast in the United States known as the Military Industrial Complex. This beast is also a huge employer. So there are a lot of voting constituents that politicians have to keep in mind when they try to stop feeding the beast. Of course this beast is made up also of massive defense-contractor corporations who spend millions upon millions pushing their interests in Congress.

On top of this America's leadership has, for good or ill, tried to protect "American Interests" over the years, and a large part of that has been securing access to cheap energy. I say "for good or ill" because looking out for American interests is precisely what our leadership is supposed to do. But "for ill" because it seems to

The other side of that coin is crime. Mostly, drug-related crime. In our lust for pushing puritan values on people we have engaged in a massive, yet futile "war on drugs" for decades. Just like with Prohibition, this has created a massive, multi-national, multi-billion dollar industry that operates outside the law. Because they have no recourse to the law for setting business disputes, they thus work outside the law to resolve them. This usually escalates to violence.
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