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U.S. To Become A Second Rate Power... like it is poorly rated in so many other areas

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But let's give the devil his due.   In truth, I think the War Secretary is on to something.   For most of us in this country, coming in second would be highly welcome, a real improvement over the current state of affairs, considering that among the nations of the world we are now in:

 

 

 

 

 

  • 48th place in infant mortality -- keeping babies alive until their first birthday -- generally accepted as the best overall indicator of a nation's health

 

 

 

 

But take heart, Mr. Outgoing Secretary, we just missed a blue ribbon at something -- the amount of money spent on health care .   A "We're Number One!" award just slipped through our grasp when those cagey Maltans figured out how to spend even more than we do, so now we're only, well, a second rate power on health care expenses.   You've sounded the alarm not a moment too soon.

 

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Mike Ferner is a writer from Ohio, former president of Veterans For Peace and author of "Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran For Peace Reports from Iraq." (Praeger)
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