Tuesday, October 27, 2015

No Defense For Insane Defense Spending

In a world of more and more war-ravished refugees, how can we defend this?
"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live."
- Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

According to an AP article in our local paper, Congress is about to do everything possible to override the president's recent veto of a $612 billion defense policy bill.

Unfortunately, Obama wasn't so much against the outrageous amount of tax dollars involved in this bill, but vetoed it largely because it includes measures to reduce domestic spending for peaceful purposes, limits the president's ability to move detainees from Guantanamo, and prevents military base closures and the cutting of funds for equipment even the Pentagon admits it doesn't need.

Ironically, this fervor for increased government spending on a death-dealing military-industrial complex comes from a Congress that professes to be against big government and out of control spending. It is constantly expressing the fear that expenditures for things like food stamps, which immediately adds to the economy, will bankrupt the country and cause the national debt to skyrocket.

Meanwhile, the US is funding an air war in the Middle East which alone is costing us some $10 million daily. Yet the more havoc and death we inflict in the region the more new recruits are joining ISIS to destroy us, armed with hand held weapons and traveling in pickups.

Any such terrorizing bomb attacks in lands half a world away is not defense. Instead it is creating hordes of ever more determined enemies every day.

May God save and defend us. Certainly our multibillion military budgets will not.
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