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And they don't. When was the last time a country picked a fight with us? And yet we are constantly at war.To be ready to fight, to be strong enough that other countries will not want to fight us.
That old trope you're pushing is outdated. Our military budget supports putting our forces in over 100 countries on a pretty much permanent basis. It's not like we're speaking softly and carrying a big stick--we're using our prowess to push people around and further our interests all over the world, all the time. We are invasive, not defensive.
I take that back, I do not remember Jimmy Carter and Jerry Ford pursuing that course, except when pretty much forced by the Iran Hostage Crisis...and Ford the Mayaguez incident.
Lawsuits filed in the courts are just as good if not better than EPA edicts. Environmental laws are on the books and companies and even the Federal government can be made to comply.
Most if all states have their own versions of State EPAs and if a state is serious about the environment can do as much as the federal government to stop polluting on State land.
Trump can slow but not stop the agency. The EPA will recover after Trump's short stint.
Last edited by DebateDrone; 4th March 2017 at 08:33 AM.