Re-ordering America's Priorities
Reducing U.S. Military Budget
"Much of our foreign policy
is driven by insatiable corporate pressures to sell military hardware
to both the Defense Department and directly to foreign dictators.
This happens even if it goes against the interests of our country,
taxpayers and the principle of prudently allocated public budgets
"Fifty years after World
War II, tens of thousands of our troops are still in Europe and
East Asia, defending prosperous nation allies who are fully capable
of defending themselves against non-existent enemies. Yet, useless
massive weapons systems remain on the drawing boards to further
mortgage our fiscal future and drain money and talent from long
overdue civilian projects."
"President Bush declared
the end of the Cold War 10 years ago and we still have a Cold
War budget. We still have a budget that's going over $300 billion
as if we still have enemies called the Soviet Union. When are
we going to demobilize? What about the peace dividend?"
"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
" The two-war strategy
is just a marketing device to justify a high [military] budget.
Retired Air Force Chief of Staff