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Thread #80289   Message #1463486
Posted By: beardedbruce
17-Apr-05 - 09:44 AM
Thread Name: BS: 10,000 arrested in US today
Subject: RE: BS: 10,000 arrested in US today
I can't argue the military presence- but do not think it such a bad thing. If we had it at the time of the tsanumi, aid would have been there even faster than it was. ( A normal peacetime base has large supplies of aid material-contingencies, you know)

As for the oil, I think that there are other forces in the world ( like China) which preclude any "control" of Middle East oil. If we do NOT have a presence there, I suspect we might NOT have access at some point in the future- but that does not mean we would be taking it other than by purchasing. In fact, it is trivial to deny the oil to the entire world ( a couple of hydrogen bombs and it would burn for 100 years), but it would take a lot more capability than we have to selectivly keep any specific countries from getting oil.

IMO, if you had half the concern for the actions that other governments have indicated they would do that you do for what you fear that ours might possibly do, you would think a little more about what you were objecting to the US actually doing.