The Republican Vision of America: One of Costly and Perpetual Warfare

Wednesday night, Republicans held their 20th debate, literally.

With a pivotal Michigan primary just a few days away and polls showing Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum neck-and-neck, the four candidates took to the stage in Arizona to see who can win the race to the bottom. And with the exception of Ron Paul, everyone in the debate thinks the United States needs to be involved in another war -- this time with Iran. Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich all painted doomsday scenarios of a nuclear Iran and how big of a threat that nation is to America's security. They stopped just short of using Bush's famous war-mongering line of a smoking gun being a mushroom cloud over an American city.

Apparently no one on the stage learned the lessons of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; their vision of America is one of continuous and costly warfare across the Middle East, the same sort of perpetual warfare that's bankrupted every empire that's ever existed in history.