Guest View: The Cost of Global Military Domination | Chroniclers
The mindset that we must be prepared to fight for our “way of life” is deeply rooted in our national character.
It is pride, however, to extend this logic to justify war and the use of the threat of weapons of mass destruction to secure our interests.
Since World War II, most of our elected leaders have argued that without a strong army diplomacy will fail. What the past seven decades have shown is that without diplomacy a strong army will fail. Violent solutions are imperfect and temporary. They trap their participants in retribution cycles and fail to create the conditions for the coexistence and prosperity of different people.
When the Cold War arms race began, President Eisenhower warned of the dangers posed by the evolution of the military-industrial complex, but it took massive civil protests and military failure in Vietnam for the Congress approves a resolution on the powers of war and treaties limiting nuclear weapons. When the Soviet Union collapsed after its nation-building attempt in Afghanistan, there was talk of a “peace dividend” and further de-escalation. Instead, manipulated by false testimonies of Iraqi atrocities, Congress authorized the invasion of Iraq in 1991. Thus, the seeds of an exponentially growing military budget and the current reign of terror were sown.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is routinely passed by Congress with minimal debate on program effectiveness or policy priorities. At $ 768 billion, the NDAA will spend more on national defense in 2022 than the budgets of the next 11 largest armies in the world combined. Each year, the NDAA consumes more than half of all of our discretionary taxes. What happened to the Soviet Union could happen to us if we continue to prioritize defense spending over pressing domestic needs and reducing the national debt.