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Defense Priorities/Budget

Given the threats that exist, a defense budget of 50 Billion Dollars(or less) is sufficient.

Getting rid of 80% of our current military hardware would end the crime of replication of roles and missions.

We need intelligent, slimmed down and very professional military. 100,000 men should do it!

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It seems that no one took my statement regarding a small defense seriously.

In this season of goodwill(?) a leading question,central to our perception of ourselves as Christians should be: Why the military force of this republic is engaged in a conflict in a country that does not and never has been a threat to the American people? I am a foreign policy Hawk. Have I missed something? I think the left may be right: ‘It’s the OIL Stupid!’

Man ‘was offered sex to spy for US
CANBERRA: An Australian terror suspect was offered the services of a prostitute by the US military if he agreed to spy on other detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba, according to court documents.

In an affidavit unsealed by a US District Court yesterday, David Hicks, a 29-year-old convert to Islam, said he was also beaten while blindfolded and handcuffed, threatened with weapons and had his head rammed into asphalt.

Hicks was arrested in Afghanistan in late 2001 and was among the first small group of Guantanamo Bay detainees to be charged. “Interrogators once offered me the services of a prostitute for 15 minutes if I would spy on other detainees. I refused,” Hicks said in the affidavit.

Hicks said he was deprived of showers, sufficient food, access to regular reading material and other social contact, including mail, because he failed to co-operate.

“I have been beaten while blindfolded and handcuffed … At one point, a group of detainees, including myself, were subjected to being randomly hit over an eight-hour session while handcuffed and blindfolded,” Hicks said.

“I have had my head rammed into asphalt several times (while blindfolded) … I have been forced to run in leg shackles that regularly ripped the skin off my ankles.”

The US has denied allegations of prisoner abuse at the base and the State Department has said it believes detainees were treated humanely.

http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/story.