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As a Vietnam Vet and retired military officer I would like to know how he can say our military is depleted and in grave shape. The US spends around $650 Billion a year on Defense which is more than the next 11 largest countries added together including Russia and China. The Military that I served in was mostly WW2 facilities and equipment. In the last year a $13.5 Billion new Aircraft Carrier was launched and another $15 Billion Carrier is under construction. The Military is acquiring 2500 F-35 Fighter Aircraft at $150 Million a copy plus retrofitting the F-15 with new engines and avionics. I would have loved to have aircraft like this. I have been on many military bases in our country and overseas in the last few years and I have never seen such great facilities and equipment. I wish I had served in todays environment. My starting pay was $78 a month and at least today our men and women in uniform can actually live on their salaries. Our Military is the best in the world and the pundits on Cable News probably never served our country nor have ever been on a Military Base like our Presidential Candidates. The objective is to scare people into voting for a mentally impaired Con-Man who can't be trusted with the keys to the Nuclear Arsenal. This is why many ex-CIA Chief's(and Presidents) like Robert Gates who also was Sec. of Defense under G.W. Bush and Obama are extremely concerned that he would destroy our country with a Nuclear War. Both Candidates are extremely flawed but only one will kill us all. Is it worth the risk?
If the last 7 years was a disaster then how would you classify the previous 8 years?
The question you need to ask is if you were born at the same time in the same place to a Black or Non-White Immigrant Family would you have been as successful as you were? None of us can pick and choose who we are born to. Fortunately I was born to a White WW2 Combat Veteran who was able to raise a family without even a High School education in what I would classify as a Middle Class lifestyle as a Bread Truck Driver. All my friends came from the same background and we all considered ourselves Middle Class. The GI Bill (one of those evil government programs ) lifted Millions of Veterans to the Middle Class and above which is why it is considered the most successful program ever. After HS I joined the Military went to Vietnam and when I returned I used the GI Bill to obtain a Bachelor's and Master's Degree as did my Wife. This enabled me and my wife to raise 3 children in what I would classify Upper Middle Class. They all have Master's Degrees and my Son has a PHD which we paid for entirely out of ours and their pockets. They are also extremely successful thanks to a great education which is the KEY to success. This is why we are extremely passionate about education. To answer my original question if I had been born to Black or Immigrant Family instead would I have been successful, I would have to answer the odds are probably not. I consider myself fortunate to have started in the middle and not the bottom considering we do not get a choice.
In one of the 4 Bankruptcy's Donald Trump had in NJ he owed $30 million in taxes however Chris Christie the Governor discounted it to $5 million and saved Mr. Trump $25 million. So this is nothing new and Peabody is a relatively small amount of money. Take the payment and then petition the Court for the remainder otherwise if they fight it it could take years to get anything.
I remember that.
Rhys, read Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler's (2 time Medal of Honor recipient ) "The Reason We go to War."
It was relevant in 1939 as it is today. The Halliburton's of that era (and Cheney Chickenhawks of that day) made $Billions and the Combat Soldier pays the supreme price. I saw the same garbage in Vietnam(1966) as they saw in Iraq. If you talk about liars Cheney will always be the Supreme low life that should be sent to Gitmo and never return.
Having had a Top Secret clearance myself I don't think Trump would qualify either. We are screwed.
Ken, I understand your analysis of Hillary being a liar. However when I listen to Mr. Trump and analyze his statements I find them also to
be mostly untrue and exaggerated. I highly suggest you fact check what he says and you will find this election is a battle between 2 liars. My problem is which one these 2 unfit Presidential Candidates can you give the keys to the Nuclear Arsenal?
Ken, Hopefully a strong 3rd Party will emerge(long shot). If there was ever a year they could win it would be this one. I can't support either one as it stands.
My Country and Grandchildren come first and not some Political Party.
In the 1930's Europe and especially Germany went through the same situation we are going through right now. A man emerged to make their country great again. He created a Germany first campaign, attacked immigrants and won. The rest is history. Unfortunately there are no good choices come November. The big question is can you give this man(A Dick Cheney on steroids) the keys to the Nuclear Arsenal?
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