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Jones Act keeps American prepared for war in times of peace

Though it’s cliche, Memorial Day reminds us that freedom isn’t free. It costs us, sometimes dearly.
This is especially true when we find ourselves unprepared for a conflict we probably should have expected to be drawn into. America was not ready for World War I, for World War II, or for Korea. We weren’t even ready for the Iraq War, despite the fact it was initiated by the United States after all efforts at a negotiated settlement failed. As former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said, we were forced to go to war with the forces we ...


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