(April 28, 2018) A few thoughts on our disastrous trillion-dollar military:
It is unnecessary. It does not defend the United States. The last time it did so was in 1945. The United States has no military enemies. No nation has anything even close to the forces necessary to invade America, and probably none the desire. A fifth of the budget would suffice for any real needs.
“Our boys” are not noble warriors protecting democracy, rescuing maidens, and righting wrongs. They are, like all soldiers, obedient and amoral killers. Pilots bombing Iraq or Syria know they are killing civilians. They do not care. If ordered to bomb Switzerland, they would do it. This is the nature of all armies. Glamorizing this most reprehensible trade is just a means of usefully stimulating the pack instinct which we often call "patriotism."
The military is America’s worst enemy. It does enormous damage to the United States while providing almost no benefit.
Start with the war on Vietnam that cost hugely in money and lives, ours and their, with no benefit.