War: America’s Pastime (and the CNN Nat’l Sec. Debate)

November 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

We are drawing down from two decade long wars, and the 2012 GOP Presidential candidates with the exception of Huntsman and Paul, can only agree on expanding the military budget, sanctions and pre-emptive strike.

UPDATE: The Defense budget bill totaled to $662 billion)

The FY2012 DoD (base) budget requests stands at $553 billion, an increase of $22 billion above the 2010 appropriation. The FY2012 Education budget  requests for Pell Grants stands at $36 billion.

More than 40% of your tax dollars goes to the military. Wolf Blitzer reminded us about the $2 billion a week in Afghanistan (maybe he should have kept that figure to himself). Rep. Ron Paul beat the beyond-looming deficit. Still, none of this was considered by the so-called presidential contenders.

“We have no treaty with Israel.”

Year after year, we have fought wars based off of fear. Weapons of mass destruction. Nuclear weapons. Terrorist. Radical Islamists.

If the largest threat to our security is the debt, howcome five of the candidates aren’t considering it?; unless, of course, it deals with the social safety net. We must really, really take the upcoming elections seriously.

The scariest moment of the night was early on in the Republican National Security debate when Romney laid out his plan on dealing with Iran.

“The right course in America is to stand up to Iran with crippling sanctions, indict Ahmadinejad for violating the Geneva — or the Genocide Convention, put in place the kind of crippling sanctions that stop their economy.  I know it’s going to make gasoline more expensive.  There’s no price which is worth an Iranian nuclear weapon.”

I have denounced the upsurge in Afghanistan, the entering of Libya, and troops in Sudan, but prefer this “leading from behind” role with NATO (the “role,” not the unilateral, unconstitutional process). Our former President was nuts! These candidates sounds worse! How can that be? It’s the Right-wing’s interpretation of American exceptionalism.

We should let loose of this one armed relationship with Israel (and I’m sure Romney would agree too. Actually, I’m one hundred percent Romney would back him. Does anyone else find it funny that Romney, a mormon, is the most passionate defender of Israel?). Romney said “the right course for Israel is to show that we care about Israel, that they are our friend, we’ll stick with them.  If I’m president of the United States, my first trip — my first foreign trip will be to Israel to show the world we care about that country and that region. ”

Israel will not confirm or deny their nuclear capability but is reported to have over 200 nuclear missiles!

It is vital we end this wasteful spending on the military. Not only does it sacrifice our liberties but it undermines our peace efforts. The President is planning to send an eventual rotation of 2,500 troops  in Asia-Pacific region to  “project power and deter threats to peace.”  Escobar jokes, “Imagine if Beijing decided to set up a base, say, in Catalina Island off the coast of California, or even in Hawaii, to patrol the Eastern Pacific.”

Economic sanctions and no fly zones (pretexts for wars) only force the people to hate us. Perry and Santorum were proponents for a no-fly zone in Syria.

Racially profiling Muslims, like Cain and Santorum advocated, will only worsen the situation; Jose Pimentel was born in the Domincan Republic; will we racially profile mulitracial individuals, too? This nation is slowly becoming a police state, and it’s something our Founding Fathers warned us about.

Benjamin Franklin warned us: “Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety”; Patrick Henry said: “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

Presidents from both sides seem to be uncompromising on this – seriously downsizing the budget – front. We must take a hard look and a totally different approach at our foreign policy and military spending before the gloriousness of this nation thins out.

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