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June 13, 2000

Name The Country

Lurking Threat?

MYSTERY SUPERPOWER

I read somewhere once that all wars are caused by undefended wealth. The following is from the newsletter of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. I'm sure that different readers will see opposite messages, but it's stimulating for thought either way.

Which country has 709,000 active duty service personnel, 293,000 reserve troops, 8 standing Army divisions, 20 Air Force and Navy Wings with 2,000 combat aircraft, 232 strategic bombers, 13 strategic ballistic missile submarines, 500 ICBMs with 1,950 warheads, 4 aircraft carriers, and 121 surface combat ships and submarines? (Hint: It isn't Russia, China, or Britain.)

This superpower no longer exists. These are the American forces that have disappeared since the current Administration came to power in 1993. Meanwhile, two squadrons of the latest Russian SS-27 missiles have recently been deployed, and China's expansion of strategic power continues unabated.

 
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