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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-05 11:47 AM
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34. A "strong defense"? A "smart defense" should be our motto
Every time I hear the phrase "a strong defense," I want to throw things at the TV screen.

That's the same Reaganite bullshit that helped get us into our current financial mess. For all the talk of "not throwing money at problems," the Republicans have thrown so much money at the Pentagon that it is unable to account for $2 trillion.

That's $2 trillion of taxpayer money that has been a) embezzled, b) spent on illegal black ops, or c) just plain mislaid, or d) all of the above.

Here's what the Democratic position on defense should be:

1) The Pentagon should get no more increases until it accounts for the missing $2 trillion. (A side note on how a stack of 2 trillion one-dollar bills would reach to the moon and back might be helpful. I bet the "lost" Pentagon money is greater than the amount of taxpayers' money spent on "welfare" for the last fifty years or so.) Call for the prosecution of those who squandered taxpayers's money and endangered national security by misappropriating funds. (We need to break through the mindset that says that all money sent to the Pentagon is well-spent and absolutely necessary while all other spending is "wasteful.")

2) Defense should be restructured to deal with actually existing threats, and leftovers from the Cold War (Those bases in Germany are protecting Germany from what, exactly?) or video game-like fantasy projects (Star Wars) should be shut down, with savings diverted to improving the quality of life and equipment needs of enlisted personnel.

3) No more sending young Americans to die invading countries that merely piss off the U.S. establishment. American military action will be limited to countries that actually attack or are seriously preparing to attack the U.S., to countries that attack allies, and to countries that are committing genocide.
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