“Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody?” Carter asked. “None. And we have stayed at war.” The U.S., he noted, has only enjoyed 16 years of peace in its 242-year history, making the country “the most warlike nation in the history of the world,” Carter said. This is, he said, because of America’s tendency to force other nations to “adopt our American principles.”
“And I think the difference is if you take $3 trillion and put it in American infrastructure you’d probably have $2 trillion leftover. We’d have high-speed railroad. We’d have bridges that aren’t collapsing, we’d have roads that are maintained properly. Our education system would be as good as that of say South Korea or Hong Kong.”
Carter, 94, said Trump was worried that “China is getting ahead of us,” and suggested the president was right to be concerned.
■ What do you think of the fact that the US has spent the vast majority of its existence at war at a tremendous cost not only to American lives, but trillions of dollars of taxpayers money?
■ Do you agree with President Carter, that the US would be far ahead of where it is now if they diverted that money into infrastructure, education and/or healthcare?
■ Why do you think the US has only seen 16 years of peace in its history?