One vigilant viewer writes in to the Governor, asking the eternal question we all want the answer to: “How do you take profit out of war?”

First of all, we should all read Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler's War is a Racket.  In fact, I need to re-read it.  But it's a good question.  Off the top of my head, I don’t have the immediate answer for you.  Because profit is so entrenched in war.  It would be very difficult to get it out of war - that’s why we always have wars to begin with.

If you get the profit making out of wars, you wouldn't have wars to begin with!  It's that simple.  You won't have wars if the profit margin is gone.  That's the elephant in the room: how do you get the profit out of war, so you don't have war anymore?

For one thing, if we were to invest half of what we spent in the Iraq War on alternative energy sources, such as solar energy, we wouldn't need anything from the Middle East anymore.  You're talking nearly a trillion dollars here. Imagine if we spent a trillion dollars of our own money on solar energy across the United States?  Where would we be today in the fight for energy resources?  

But, instead of that, we threw our money in Iraq and have nothing to show for it. Except Halliburton - they have a lot to show for it.  And Dick Cheney.

-Jesse Ventura


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