A new administration and the same old war, and expansion of the war in Afghanistan. We cannot afford these wars spiritually. They are wars of aggression, and they’re based on lies. We cannot afford these wars financially. They add trillions to our national debt and destroy our domestic agenda. We cannot afford the human cost of these wars, the loss of lives of our beloved troops and the deaths of innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.”Of course none of that includes the amounts of military spending that are completely unregulated with the supplemental funding for the wars. According to the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, funding on the wars in the past 8 years has amounted to $864 BILLION. The Center report goes on to say that:
Emergency supplemental funding is exempt from ceilings that apply to discretionary spending in Congress’s annual budget resolutions. The supplemental process undermines budget planning and erodes congressional oversight by omitting detailed “budget justifications” documentation, making it difficult for Congress and policymakers to determine the basis of requests and consider viable funding alternatives.When we add this supplemental funding into the money the US is already sinking into the military, we get something like 54% of all US taxdollars going to war. That's some pretty funny money. What that really means is we're sinking all our resources into a blackhole of military engagement and a military-industrial economy that is destroying what little is left of the actual economy. As industrial economist Seymour Melman used to quip, "Do you know who lost the Cold War? The US and Russia." That's because we ran our economies into the ground with military spending that ultimately producd nothing useful- or very little useful. No high speed trains or excellent public schools or cleaned up environments. And we can't get that money back. It's been spent, the schools and environment and infrastructure have been destroyed, and we're left with the results of fifty years of most of our tax dollars being spend on war, not people. Will the military industrial economy be brought under control in time to save the actual economy? Not if Obama's first military spending proposals are any indicator. Perhaps only when enough of us demand that the farewell words of then President Dwight D. Eisenhower be listened to, will the war on funny money be won.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government... we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.