As I watch the four-ring circus that is tonight's GOP primary, I've been struck by one grossly inaccurate position to which three of the four candidates cling mightily.
Why is it that so many politicians proclaim, without any evidence, that our world is becoming increasingly more dangerous? If anything, history indicates that our world has become increasingly more safe.
The last decade has seen fewer war deaths than any decade in the last century.
Deaths from terrorism have been nearly constant for over a generation, even as the population of our planet has increased by over 30 percent.
25 years after the end of the Cold War, any nuclear threat that still exists is far smaller and more regional in nature.
World governments devote greater resources to intelligence and counter-terrorism now than ever before.
And yet, to continue feeding the beast that is the Department of Defense, and to pander to hawkish conservatives who aren't happy unless we're fighting someone or blowing up their stuff, Republicans continuously promote this flawed vision of a world that is eternally one step away from Armageddon.
The absurdity of the argument, to any rational thinker, is positively flabbergasting.