We currently spend more on defense than the next 13 highest spending countries combined.
The Defense Department has become the Offense Department. We invade and occupy, we do not “defend.” The staggering amount we spend on defense does not include military aid to countries like
The F-35 fighter is a classic example. It is a jet many believe we don’t need. It got funded because it is built in 46 states. Defense contractors spread their money around different districts to ensure that their products will be funded. Long ago, economic logic yielded to politics in our military procurement system.
The military–industrial complex might not need a war. It can make money selling weapons to Obama to use against Congress and Fox News.
American voters’ appetite for wars is fading. Only 25 percent wanted us to strike
Should a major enemy evolve, it would do so slowly over time. We could get back into a war footing pretty quickly, like we did in World War II. If there is a galvanizing cause, Americans will come together.
We need to pay veterans what we owe them for their service and stop making so many of them. And we need to thin the top-heavy, war-itching, military brass. If you have a hammer you are always looking for a nail, thus our wars.
We have a deep and abiding respect for our soldiers. We just think
The risk to
The real threat today is cyber warfare, not some 500,000 of our soldiers invading a country. We are always preparing to fight the last war, not the next one. We have smart bombs, but dumb politicians.
Our strength for now is economic, rather than military. With sanctions coordinated with the community of like-minded nations, we will have more sway. Economics matter. Even kleptocrats like the past Ukrainian leader realize you have to have economics and trade so you can steal from business owners.
When Obama took over, the Feds took $2.1 trillion from us to fund themselves. In his new budget, five years later, Obama is taking $3.3 trillion — $1.2 trillion more — to come from us and to
Sadly, Obama will not use the defense cut “dividend” to pay down our debt but to pay up his political cronies.
Ron Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator. Email Ron@RonaldHart.com or visit www.RonaldHart.com.