The beginning of the end for ever-rising Pentagon budgets

Whatever happened to big stick diplomacy? President Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy: “speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

He described this style of foreign policy as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis.”

Unfortunately, our backs are now against the wall. Particularly, as we sit back and watch China partnering with Iran on two fronts, military and economic.

When our go to quasi diplomacy is always on, always speak loudly – the communicator will ultimately no longer perpetuate calm but instead create a different type of fear – survival!

“As the pandemic has shown so starkly, military force has no answer for the rising international security challenges we now face — emergent diseases; extreme weather and climate change; destabilizing inequality and poverty; corrosive corruption; and crime. These demand investment in science, diplomacy, development, enforcement of white-collar crimes and so on — not endless wars on the other side of the world.”

Yet, spending more tax payer money to grow the stick, as a substitute for lacking the skills to even attempt stabilization of complex, interconnected problems, is not the solution.  Below is the article…

The beginning of the end for ever-rising Pentagon budgets

by Katrina Vanden Heuvel

When Congress returns to work, progressives in the House and Senate will launch the first round of what will be a central debate in the coming years: challenging ever-rising Pentagon budgets. After years of virtually reflexive bipartisan support for shoveling more money at the military, progressives, led by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), as well as Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), will push for a 10 percent cut in the Pentagon’s top-line budget. The $74 billion in savings would instead be used for distressed communities’ vital needs.

The president, of course, has boasted about the money he has shoveled to the Pentagon, delighting particularly in the baroque weapons he calls “incredible equipment” and a new “super duper missile.” Democrats have largely gone along, pushing only for a bit larger piece of the pie for domestic purposes. The Sanders-Lee-Pocan amendment marks the end of that dance. As Sanders summarized, “It is time to fundamentally change our national priorities. In the midst of the worst public health crisis in over 100 years and the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, we do not need to authorize $740.5 billion in bombs, weapons, fighter jets and endless wars.”  more

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