Opinion: The cost of world military domination | Chroniclers


Like all major appropriation bills, the NDAA covers a lot of ground. Everything from enlisting new recruits to ensuring those detained at Guantanamo never leave. For 30 years, he steadily increased funding for the world’s largest military and deployed it around the world in support of the 1991, 2001, and 2002 Congressional authorizations for the use of military force (AUMF ). The end result of all this spending was not impressive.

Our preemptive use of military force in other countries has made our nation less secure. He encouraged international factionalism, regional instabilities, sectarian violence, human rights violations and rogue acts of terrorism. It has placed an impossible burden on our military personnel and it will fail to create the conditions necessary to fight terrorism because it is terrorism.

The argument here is not that we don’t need military capabilities and national security agencies. The argument is that funding and using an extremely powerful military is inefficient and unsustainable. Just as the realities of climate change require disengaging from an energy policy that is too dependent on fossil fuels, today’s geopolitical realities are forcing this country to begin to disengage from military domination as the main tool of foreign relations and national security.

Senator Daines is expected to join Senator Tester and Representative Rosendale in supporting the repeal of AUMF and all three are expected to join other members of Congress calling for more oversight and major cuts in defense spending.

Steve Dagger writes for the Friends of Montana Committee on National Law Advocacy Teams (Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula).

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