unitedbyprinciples9/4/2014 9:10 PM ESTAmerica is a net exporter of global security. Allies and trading partners depend on us and we receive and demand favorable treatment in return. Exporting Security serves our national interest by protecting our borders, our commerce and foreign policy. Security serves our foreign economic interest by maintaining free, fair and open markets and avenues for trade with willing trading partners. Our security complex serves our domestic economic interest by creating jobs, technology development, tax revenues and by projecting our economic strength to a global theater. None of these interests detract from our humanity, our engagement in social issues, or our national values as expressed for nearly 100 years. The question I have is this...can a majority of Americans agree that a strong military strengthens both our economy and our national interest?hoystephen9/4/2014 9:23 PM ESTAmerica is a net exporter of arms and mayhem you idiot, we make a lot of money off of global warfare and unrest. our security complex is sucking the life out of our economy, pigs at the trough, not productive jobs, a majority of Americans can agree we are being ripped off by the MIA. get a brain unitedunitedbyprinciples4:08 PM ESTHoystephen - you replied to my statements of fact, policy and prescriptions with an emotion-laden broad-sided rant devoid of a counter theory. I hope the effort relieved you in some way. Are you really so angry, or is that the anonymity talking? I am not a neophyte, however I fail to understand how our society seems united at the bar, at the ballgame, at the local festival and yet so contrary in politics and policy. A disagreement without a conversation is a fight. Is that what you really want?