The Iraq War has ended, but the money to the Pentagon still flows to it in a direct pipeline from the Treasury. The newly proposed 2012 Budget includes lots of goodies for the generals. And they never seem to have ‘enough.’ Gimme more! So Congress did, as usual, even though the Bush War on Iraq officially ends in two weeks.
What to do with 2/3 trillion tax dollars? Quite the conundrum for a Defense Department with only one war brewing. If you give a kid an entire jar of candy…
The fearful right-wing, who see a spook behind every closet door, will no doubt be happy that the Pentagon has the dough to hunt out and bomb the boggieman no matter where he resides on earth. Their last pick for President sang the Bomb Iran song to them at bedtime so that they could get a good night’s sleep. Then of course there are the Christofascists who encourage Israel to annihilate their Muslim neighbors and who encourage our government to do the same. What ever happened to that scandal at the Air Force Academy a few years ago when Christian zealots attempted a mass conversion of the cadets?
Wars of religion. Again. Onward Christian soldiers, fighting as to war. As I said in posts long ago, I’m an American citizen due to suppression of religion in Germany by Bismarck. I’m sure that there are millions of Americans here in this nation whose ancestors fled similar religious suppression in the countries of their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
The dog whistle calls of the GOP candidates in Iowa [religious dog whistles this time] are so overt as to be nauseous. Michelle Bachmann leads the way with her Christian purist rhetoric. The other candidates are always sure to mention their strong Christian faith to their audiences. Nauseating. The Founding Fathers roll over, once again, in their graves.
Back to the point of this post: what to do with all of that tax-payer money? The old-style wars are fairly useless these days, so battleships and other WWII hardwareare now obsolete. Yet, there are still calls from Congress to press on with the old because, well, because they are manufactured in his district!
Is the Pentagon allowed to give some of their allowance back? Could they give it to VA Hospitals? To VA Clinics? To the Office of Veteran Affairs? To VA Ambulatory Care Centers? To Orthopedic Centers? To Widows and Orphans? To Vets Seeking Employment?
Or do they have to keep using the money so that the facilities above never go out of business?