I guess you didn't read what I wrote: I'm as against the wars as you are. I have seen no compelling case for either one of them at this point. All I see are variations on the old Domino Theory, only now it's terrorists instead of Communists.
Doesn't change the fact that you can have all the training programs you want, but if there are no jobs at the other end of the training, the training doesn't matter.
The 10s are much different from the 70s. The economy of the 70s had its ups and downs, but none of the woes of today.
And while I'd like to think you're right that defense savings would be used to create jobs, there's certainly no guarantee of that in today's environment. More likely, the savings would be used as an excuse to cut taxes further while cutting spending more. . .a sure-fire formula for fewer, not more, jobs.