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Job Creation and Economic Stability Are the Answer -- Wars Are Not!

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It's decision time in America and for our government. This nation has backed itself into a corner and can't seem to find a way out. America can no longer delay making a very crucial decision. The choices are quite clear. This government can continue on its current course that involves wars and occupations or it can change direction and aggressively pursue job creation. It cannot do both because perpetual war and job creation are entirely incompatible; no nation can maintain a military empire and economic stability at the same time, as history has proven time and again.

 

This government is pouring the lion's share of its wealth and resources into war and is doing little to nothing to create jobs which would bring about economic stability. An agenda of permanent war and job creation cannot coexist, they represent completely opposite objectives that serve to pull the nation apart. Jobs create economic stability and growth which, in turn, creates wealth; war destroys wealth and creates economic chaos. When will those who are charged with leading this nation going to understand this fact?

 

America 's national priorities and government policies are out of sync with the most urgent needs of this nation and its people. If logic and rational thinking were used to analyze and identify the specific root cause of our economic crisis, we would find that the wealth of America is being wasted on wars. The leaders of this government know the damage that their policies are inflicting on America and, yet, they refuse to pull back from their agenda of military expansion. What is it going to take for them to understand that we don't need these wars, we need jobs?

 

While President Obama is making a token withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, don't be fooled into thinking that this occupation will be ended, as he and the military have indicated that troops will be there into 2014 and beyond. And as the time approaches when all U.S. troops are to be completely withdrawn from Iraq, we hear that this administration is feverishly pressuring the Iraqi government to extend the stay of 25,000 troops indefinitely.

 

Those decisions to keep troops in occupied nations indefinitely are a part of the master plan for continued military expansion. That is confirmed in an article by Rick Rozoff, "In Past Ten Years U.S. Has Expanded Military Network Throughout The World." He effectively shows how the spread of the U.S. military continues unabated.

 

There is no other nation in the world that is so deeply involved with the pursuit of wars and occupations as is the United States. This government is currently engaged in wars and military conflicts in six nations; Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia at the same time, with Iran seemingly the next target. And while all this is going on we are experiencing an economic crisis that rivals that of the Great Depression of 1929.

 

Here's the choice we have: we can continue to invest hundreds of billions, and trillions, of dollars in manufacturing weapons of war; bullets, bombs, missiles, drones, fighter jets, warships, and build airfields and military bases around the world; or we can invest in the creation of millions of new jobs in new industries dedicated to the development of new, alternative sources of energy, and the repair and rebuilding of our infrastructure.

 

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