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  •  The trouble with that is that if you overdo it, (2+ / 0-)
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    joanneleon, joe shikspack

    as I think they've been doing, you create a situation where the lives of our fighting forces are threatened again, because the rest of the world begins to see them, with some justification, as representative of a threat which itself must be addressed, possibly with violence.  When you're a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail, right?  And when the hammer that you are gets big and frightening enough, it's only a matter of time before people start thinking of YOU as the bigger threat.  

    This is not the path to an effective national security.  But I'm afraid that the GWOTers, in their arrogance, think that it is -- that we're safest when the whole world is petrified of us.  

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