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I think you're still trying to look for a rationale for this beyond "let's build us a really big ship" (possibly also to temporarily satisfy the US that we're spending enough on NATO).

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Oct 16th, 2008 at 03:38:29 AM EST
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