This is no disrespect to the brave men and women who, in all good conscience serve, in their minds, to protect our freedoms…but…
Let’s not be disingenuous about what soldiers are actually being used to serve. Our freedom? There is a portion that that is true, sure. For that, I am very thankful. But we also must address the obvious fact that soldiers are also being used to preserve our privilege.
If there is a dwindling supply of a necessary resource, you have two options. Either expend your budget on R&D efforts towards green energy or expend your budget on a war to enable us, imperialistically, to go to another country and control/steal their resources. I think it is clear which option our wall street backed government has chosen.
Our strong military enables us to cling to a first world way of life by raping other countries of their resources. Hey, I like my privileged way of life. But I cannot be thankful for or condone a war that endangers our soldiers as well as foreign citizens so that I can continue to have that privilege. That isn’t freedom, that is being complicit in a terrible atrocity.
Our freedom is also being attacked at home by banks committing mass fraud against the People, keeping the majority of Americans in debt and servitude, trapped in wage jobs, unable to receive medical care.
I commend your bravery, I commend your honorable intentions, but please come home and protect us from the internal threats to our freedoms.
Image from Occupy Boston at Dewey Square near South Station (via Serving for Freedom | Tamagini Design Blog)
Neil deGrasse Tyson for President.
I’d vote for him but I bet the pro-Pluto faction would steal some votes.
1 Military spending accounts for half of the discretionary budget – too big to ignore
2 Military spending has doubled in the last ten years – worth taking a look at
3 The Pentagon budget has a history of cost overruns — $300 billion above what Congress authorized for various weapons systems in the last 5 years
4 The Pentagon budget has not been accountable to Congress – no audits
5 Pentagon contracting is out of control – standards, quality control and review for redundancies could yield significant efficiencies and savings. Retired Army Lt. General John Vines – we don’t even know if all this activity is making us safer.
6 The U.S. military budget accounts for 46.5 percent of global military spending.
7 U.S. presence in the world includes hundreds of military bases in Europe – particularly in Germany. Are these bases necessary to legitimate U.S. missions?
8 The military budget is funding weapons systems that the Pentagon does not want or need for current missions.
9 Military contracts are not a job-creation engine. Military dollars spent in a state yield the least number of jobs, compared to investments in health, education, transportation, and even tax cuts.
10 Local economies are not dependent on job creation through military contracts with private firms. In all but one state, at least 94 percent of the gross state domestic product does not arise from military contracts with local companies. Even in Virginia, which hosts the Pentagon, 90 percent of the state’s economy relies on non-military goods and services."
May I move to Counter-Earth please?
Three generations of US military and veterans protest Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in front of the White House