: But envisioning Truman, Kennedy, Nixon and Clinton et al swinging from the gallows is just an experiment in thought.
SDF: Sure. But it's a GOOD one!
: Now, to answer the second question my non-American friend asked me in the cafeteria: Sure, American politicians love war. But I'll betcha there'd be less wars if the rest of the world would would be good little boys and girls, go along with the "free-market" and bow to our capitalist will. Golly, if people would only do that, we could finally have what John Lennon hoped for! That is, if only the other countries would quit fighting America's leadership, we could all give peace a chance.
SDF: This is a joke, of course. Given that the weapons are there to assure that enormous amounts of wealth continue to flow into the US from the Third World, no amount of capitulation on the part of global tinhorn dictators will end US militarism. It's the PEOPLE that America is afraid of.