" A large part of the
Pentagon budget is devoted to keeping Middle East oil prices within
a range that the United States and its energy companies consider
appropriate. ... Pentagon expenditures amount to a subsidy of
30 percent of the market price of oil, demonstrating that "the
current view that fossil fuels are inexpensive is a complete fiction."
"What chiefly governs
the [U.S.] military budget is the need to spend enormous sums
of money in a useless way. The allegedly powerful Pentagon is
simply a receptacle for wasteful expenditure, just as a city dump
is the receptacle for the refuse of a city."
" The two-war strategy
is just a marketing device to justify a high [military] budget.
Retired Air Force Chief of Staff
Militarization and Weapons
"Our government has kept
us in a perpetual state of fear-kept us in a continuous
stampede of patriotic fervor-with the cry of grave national emergency.
Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous
foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly
rally behind it ..."
General Douglas MacArthur, 1957
Policy and Pentagon