I hazard to say it would be a very safe bet that if presented with the statistical facts governing the probability of more attacks on american soil after 911 and that some more americans might die ..... that 90% of americans would say NO to spending a trillion dollars in Iraq and afghanistan. WE don't need wars to replace our GUTS!
Americans are inherently brave and the risks here are infinitely minuscule!!!
Except the corpocracy and corporate owned and sponsored media didn't do a very good job of explaining that to all of us! Fear is a great marketing tool. And the ultimate marketing goal is to make money.
The media can sure waste our time with meaningless political horse sh*t and polls and statistics however.
What was the probability of anyone of us being killed by a terrorist attack? Why wasn't this on the frontpage of every newspaper and headlined on our cable TV news channels?
AND the chances of any one of us 300 million americans being killed by terrorists has not been diminished one ounce by these wars despite all the hot air to the contrary. There are too many american haters and too much hate money and they are all over the planet and not ever going to be eliminated until we ourselves improve the planet as a whole.
The fact that there have been no attacks or have been over-stated thwarted attacks is not an indication that the wars have worked ..... but more an indication that increased security, survellience and international covert operations, espionage and the CIA/FBI etal have done an excellent job.
I think we are all willing to take on the risks rather than have someone at the airport put their hands in our crotch and fingers in our children's pie holes as well as waste money in Iraq and afghanistan while the middle class in america suffers and the wealthy get wealthier from the cost of wars.
WAR is meant to accomplish one thing and one thing only ... feed the gigantic appetite of the military industrial complex in america that consumes money as fast as participants in a hot dog eating contest!!!!
Wars are profitable people ...... tons of americans make tons of money from wars ... many without even realizing it - but most intelligent to have well paying jobs related to national defense understand exactly what the gravy train is all about.
Given a choice between a trillion dollar expense and taking a minuscule amount of risk on ... I dare say that 98% of americans would say screw the wars -invest the money in america!!!! Not in trying to save perhaps another few thousand american lives. The probability of which for each of us is greater than winning the lottery!!! and all lotteries combined for that matter
That is the way I feel - how about you? Do each of us have the guts to take on a risk of being killed by terrorists that is less likely than each of us winning the lottery???? or being killed by a meteorite! Do we not have the guts of the Israeli's who live with astoundingly much greater risk - yet aren't invading other threatening nations that they could easily defeat and annihilate?
If we americans ran this country instead of monied interests .... we'd all be much better off.
There would be no deficit crisis, there would much less grief and sorrow from wounded war veterans .... we could improve education and infrastructure and the quality of public services.
Instead this nation is shredding the quality of life to pay interest to those who hold the treasury bills ... the same people who promote war.