Spot on, as usual.
As to your statement below, are you referring to Middle East denizens or Americans?
…“For the kind of money squandered on weapons and the senseless destruction of so much Middle East infrastructure, every family could have been given a home, several year’s supply of food, and excellent health care…”
My sense is that the Americans would not do this, in either the Middle East or the U.S.
I have the same reaction when we learn, not the first time, that there’s water on other planets. Or look at impressive yet (to me) surrealistically irrelevant photos of Pluto.
The money spent on that…