The golden goose has at last been de-feathered. Even though it has been 53 years since Dwight Eisenhower warned of a bloated, out-of-control military-industrial complex, President Obama took him up on his warning. No doubt, this will cause much buzz over there on the right-edge of the universe, but then, they’ve enjoyed five decades of GI Joe running wild. War, war, war!
Perhaps if we didn’t have such a bloated military, a president might be more cautious is choosing when to deploy American troops abroad. Perhaps. It will be an interesting historical note that GW Bush’s pre-emptive invasion of Iraq may have been the last ‘war’ which the United States fought. Unless we get a candidate that sings, “Bomb, bomb, bomb-bomb Iran.”
Some pundit quipped yesterday that our debt and deficit may be more of a ‘national threat’ than any foreign entity could pose. Imagine how much better we could take care of The People of our nation when we close the drain pipe from the Treasury to the Pentagon. Where have all of those hundreds of billions of dollars that flowed to the Pentagon gone? How have they, in the past decade, helped The People of this nation lead better, healthier lives? Or, for that matter, safer lives? Who among us actually ‘believed’ back in 2003 that the United States of America could be attacked by a two-bit dictator like Saddam Hussein? Who believed back in 2001 that a decade of war in Afghanistan would shield the United States from further terrorist acts?
How many hundreds of billions of dollars? How many lives? How many prosthetics? How much PTSD? How many ruined families?
The era of the warmongers may, hopefully, be coming to an end. At long last!