[QUOTE=RCB]Since the end of the WW2 the USA invaded, attacked or was directly involved in military actions against: Irak (twice), Afghanistan, Serbia, Panama, El Salvador, Vietnam and North Korea. 8 wars in 60 years seems like a little too much dont you think?
Ah but you forget Somalia, Ethiopia, Argentina, and Venezuela. And that's just to name a few, there are surely countless others I don't know about and possibly others going on right now that aren't being publicized and are being kept under wraps by the government. There were countless cases in North Africa right after WWII in which America placed super conservative Nazis in control who would follow America's commands in order to exploit the recources in Africa to aid in the rebuilding of the Europe.
I belive it was bammbamm who posted that America's national spening on military is $399 billion a year? That's $399,000,000,000 for some of you more visual people. That comes out to an average of, $1,093,150,685 a day, $45,547,945.21 an hour, $759,132.42 a minute, and $12,652.21 a second, on the military. $12,652 a second on military, now THAT'S a bit excessive. Suppose we cut that number into a fourth, that leaves another $299,250,000,000 a year that we could spend on education or healthcare or, perhaps, just not take from the taxpayers in the first place. I think we should leave NASA as it is and cut funding on the military. If we were actually defending from something, I might not be so quick to say we need to cut money from the military, but the fact of the matter is, there is nothing to defend from and the only thing the military is being used for, or has been used for since the end of the cold war (when it was used solely to try and intimidate the U.S.S.R into not attacking,) was to try and help other country's citizens, and I think we should fix our own problems and feed our own starving and educate our own uneducated before we start trying to do that for other countries.
Back to the actual topic, NASA should be left to do what it does, because we can't know what's about to be found in the next mission. But, at the same time we can't be wasting our time figuring out what adverse effects space as on humans in case we need to move into space someday, we need to spend our time making sure Earth stays healthy and that we don't need to move to space someday. So I feel it really comes down to what they're doing up there. If it's studing how plants grow in weightlessness, then screw putting millions of dollars into that mission, but if it's seeing if we can make a cure for cancer in the different conditions of space that we can then take back to earth, then it's worth the money.
We should also outlaw racing, it's an awful waste of fuel. ;' )