In the wake of the crashing and burning of that 20-year war effort, the Pentagon budget leaped even higher with the support of almost every congressional representative of both parties as Washington’s armed attention turned to China and Russia.
Washington insiders always talk of ‘all options’ being on a metaphorical table…including war, for the president to choose from. They lie. Because the one option that’s never on that imaginary table is peace.
We need to say “no more” to new nuclear weapons and recommit to the elimination of all such weaponry everywhere.
There is nothing angelic about a Predator or Reaper drone, nor is salvation to be found at any end of a Hellfire missile.
If military veterans are dangerous, it’s because they feel betrayed.
Why, despite decades of disastrous wars, do Pentagon budgets continue to grow, year after year, like ever-expanding nuclear mushroom clouds?
America doesn’t lack toughness — it lacks smarts. Selling more weapons to Ukraine or Taiwan isn’t the answer. Nor are constant threats.
It’s easy to be gung-ho about the military. It’s also easy, I think, to dismiss military service with extreme prejudice.
America worships its Pentagod and the weapons and wars that feed it.