i've finally sussed out what bush and the neocons are doing. much of it is done in the interest of protecting americans from things we're not yet keenly aware of. first, nuts to the War on Terror. it's a front. same to the "economic recovery." bush knows it's a sham, but there's a reason for it. consider these possible realities: 1. the inevitable decline in oil production and rise in prices (linked-to article from topic i can't seem to find) 2. a 1929-like (or worse) depression in the US and the world (deficit) (jobs) 3. sudden global climate change, resulting in artic conditions for the UK, northern europe, and the eastern US sea board (link) 4. the use of nukes as countries scramble to protect their resources (link as above) 5. worldwide famine, rioting, war, etc. (link as above) if i were president and decided to accept some or all of these as reality, i would: 1. secure foreign oil fields 2. protect the US against missile strikes 3. develop tactical nukes 4. train my military w/ real war 5. starve welfare programs now 6. keep the populace afraid 7. stack the judicial system w/ judges who see it my way 8. secure food and water supplies i would pay for the stuff as fast as i could. deficits don't matter, because: - if i'm right, the world will fall to anarchy anyway - if i'm wrong, the value of the dollar will decline sufficiently that foreign gov'ts can buy the debt on the cheap (bush's target: one euro = 1.50 USD) if any/all of this stuff actually starts happening in the next few years, and bush is in office, he'll look like a genius. at the expense of the rest of the world, of course.