Letter: The true cost of defense spending

Published: 4/8/2020 12:01:20 AM

George Orwell, author of 1984, wrote, “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.” Astrophysicist Carl Sagan said the American people have been “bamboozled” in that they are no longer interested in finding out the truth. Have most of us been “bamboozled” into thinking that Congress voting on spending $738 billion on “defense” assures our national security?

The horrific 9/11 attack was not stopped by our huge “defense” budget nor has the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, America and the world face two existential threats: global warming as its manifestations are clearly evident by the catastrophic events happening around the Earth, and a threat which becomes closer and closer to occurring is a nuclear exchange between countries. Even if limited to 100 Hiroshima-sized bombs, it almost certainly will create a nuclear winter where crops will fail and starvation will occur, leading to the deaths of as many as 1 billion people.

When one looks at the federal discretionary budget, one discovers that the Pentagon and its affiliated federal agencies receive nearly 60% of the total. They should be shocked. Do “bamboozled” U.S. taxpayers willingly spend more on our military than the next eight countries combined?

American taxpayers give twice as much money to Lockheed Martin, one of the major pillars of the military-industrial complex, as they do to child nutrition programs in the United States. The great deception is that the “defense” budget guarantees national security. In short, military spending is killing us.

WILLIAM THOMAS

Auburn




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