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June 21, 2006


Herb Ely

Jon, I don't think that the 1% was meant to be a literal number. The point was, I think, that we have to respond to an improbable but highly dangerous threat. The question is: What is a proportionate response? During the Cold War the US and the Soviet Union were willing to risk bankrupting themselves to defend against an unlikely nuclear attack. Many people argued that this was an over-response on both sides.

While I agree with Cheney on this point (not that he cares), I think that he overestimated the threat and launched a disproportionate response.

Alan Reynolds

I greatly appreciate the plug. Nobody has yet suggested that I made any big mistakes about this, and it is not that I don't get criticism.

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