My main criticism of the USA is that its been pouring cash and super-duper weaponry into Israel for many years.
Why? What has Israel ever done for America?
Romeo said: north vietnam invaded the peaceful south..just like the commies did in Korea
JTT replied: You've heard a lot of drivel in your life and idiot that you are you swallowed it.
Foofie said: The people that run and own America are not folks like you or I. They are the landed gentry, so to speak. They gain from Israel the innovations that are used in multi-national corporations that make the wealthy class richer.
America’s involvement in Vietnam, that was to lead to a full-scale military attack on North Vietnam, was all part of the Cold War scenario that had enveloped world politics. In the 1950’s, John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State, had formulated the Domino Theory. This stated that if one country fell to communism, then its neighbour would and then the neighbour to this country. Such an expansion of communist influence in Southeast Asia was unacceptable to America – even if, as President Eisenhower had pointed out, 80% of those in South Vietnam supported Ho Chi Minh and the Communists in the North.
The stalemate in the Korean War had shown America that their military might could not guarantee success. 142,000 US troops had been lost in the Korean War and Eisenhower knew that he could not sell to the American people the thought of sending US troops back into Southeast Asia – albeit this time to South Vietnam – so soon after the Korean War. He therefore sent to South Vietnam ‘military advisors’ to South Vietnam. At first, this was a very small-scale operation. In June 1954 a 12-man team led by Colonel Edward Lansdale was sent to Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City). They were mainly intelligence officers. Their primary task was persuade people in South Vietnam not to support communism. This was a strange task given that the President had stated that 80% of those in South Vietnam would be sympathetic to communism. Lansdale and his team did try however, and used ‘dirty’ propaganda tactics to push home their case. Villages in South Vietnam were given documents that ‘proved’ that the North Vietnamese were murdering political opponents in the North and entering South Vietnam and killing innocent people. These documents were forged. Lansdale also used mercenaries from the Philippines to sabotage targets in the North. This was not successful and most were captured and made to stand trial in Hanoi. Another task Lansdale and his team had was to promote the success of the government of Diem. Figures were produced that proved South Vietnam, under the leadership of Diem, was undergoing an economic miracle. The exercise ignored the fact that $250 million a year was being injected into the South Vietnamese economy by America.
Lansdale’s team also trained the South Vietnam Army (ARVN). Ho Chi Minh’s army had gained valuable fighting experience during World War Two fighting the Japanese. After the war, the same was true in their campaign against the French. Compared to this army, the ARVN had little experience that would counter the North’s military strength. An American input was clearly needed.
The military advisors were sold to the US public as just that – advisors. As more arrived in South Vietnam, their non-combatant status was questioned. In 1959, this questioning became more vocal when the first advisors were killed.
Quote:Foofie said: The people that run and own America are not folks like you or I. They are the landed gentry, so to speak. They gain from Israel the innovations that are used in multi-national corporations that make the wealthy class richer.
What "innovations" exactly?
I thought America had plenty of brainy millionnaire businessmen who don't need to go running to Israel for new ideas?
Foofie's claim is probably closer to the truth; Israel has the greatest number of scientists and technicians as a percentage of their population - and much greater than the US by double. However, we must also understand that the US has in our population different skills and levels of education.
Jan 2, 2014, 5:41am PST UPDATED: Jan 2, 2014, 10:17am PST
In 2013, Silicon Valley wages doubled the U.S. average
Silicon Valley was home to three of the top six counties nationwide for average weekly wages as of the second quarter of 2013. Workers in Santa Clara County averaged weekly paychecks almost double their counterparts across the U.S. Enlarge Photo
Silicon Valley was home to three of the top six counties nationwide for average weekly wages as of the second quarter of 2013. Workers in Santa Clara County averaged weekly paychecks almost double their counterparts across the U.S.
Economic Development Reporter-
Silicon Valley Business Journal
New county-level federal data shows that, on average, Bay Area workers bring almost double the amount of money that their counterparts nationwide earn each week.
Workers in Santa Clara County pulled in an average $1,810 per week during the second quarter of 2013 — nearly double the national average of $921 per week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In late December, the BLS released a breakdown of the counties across the country with the highest average weekly wages.
However, high earners in the region are likely over over-represented, since the BLS measured average wages instead of median wages. And Silicon Valley's affluence cuts two ways, with high relative income driving rent increases and a self-perpetuating cycle of wage inflation as area companies compete for talent.