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Friedman on Nation Building at Home

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2008 at 2:02 pm

“As I sat in my seat at the Bird’s Nest, watching thousands of Chinese dancers, drummers, singers and acrobats on stilts perform their magic at the closing ceremony, I couldn’t help but reflect on how China and America have spent the last seven years: China has been preparing for the Olympics; we’ve been preparing for Al Qaeda. They’ve been building better stadiums, subways, airports, roads and parks. And we’ve been building better metal detectors, armored Humvees and pilotless drones.” Thomas Friedman column: “A Biblical Seven Years” NYT, August 26, 2008

Bang-for-the-Buck Facts: 1) We buy ourselves many levels of long term security by investing in essential infrastructure.  2) There are limits to how secure from terrorism we can make ourselves.  Pbea

Friedman on Nation Building at Home