Trump's military budget is - - OVERKILL
President Trump’s first budget proposal increases defense spending $54 billion, which is the opposite of draining the swamp and his campaign promise to close unnecessary overseas military bases. The Cold War ended in 1991. The United States has been enjoying one of the most historically peaceful times since World War II. Yet, the military industrial complex spends the same amount of money as they did at the height of the Cold War in the 1980s.
Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011. Yet, Afghanistan still consumes billions of U.S. dollars rebuilding a country we destroyed. Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to announce this week that about 4,000 more troops will be sent to Afghanistan in addition to the 8.400 already there in America's longest war.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction confirms the Pentagon wasted $28 million in taxpayer money on uniforms for the Afghan army with a woodland camo pattern. Yet, "forests cover only 2.1% of Afghanistan's total land area." Really?
Sane and reasonable defense spending is a bipartisan issue. Senator Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and senior member of the Budget and Finance committees, states: "It's embarrassing and an affront to U.S. taxpayers. Those who wasted money on the wrong camouflage uniforms seem to have lost sight of their common sense." Another affront to common sense is offering big re-enlistment bonuses up to $90,000 when there is no war and Uncle Sam is $20 trillion in debt.
Following the death of Sadaam Hussein in 2006, Iraq continued to be a drain on US resources after another futile invasion for regime change followed by years of expensive nation-building. America has no business rebuilding other countries when it has its own extreme poverty – 45 million (1 in 7) on food stamps and the majority of Americans (6 out of 10) do not have $500 in savings.
Defense spending is the largest part of the federal budget. The largest part of the military budget is the nearly $156 billion spent each year maintaining overseas military bases. This includes 174 bases in Germany, 113 sites in Japan, and 83 in South Korea. There is a lovely military base in Aruba.
Watch my documentary OVERKILL about out of control defense spending in the post-Cold war era:
OVERKILL analyzes outrageous military spending – $250 million a day in Afghanistan, $150 million on a single F-22 aircraft that is under-utilized in
modern warfare, and $1 million on each Tomahawk missile.
U.S. defense expenditures have been seven times more than any other country (overkill) since the end of the Cold War. Trump’s defense increase is another special
interest jobs program for the Military Industrial Complex, precisely what President / General Eisenhower warned about in his 1961 Farewell Address and Governor Jesse Ventura said in 2008.
Cutting, not increasing, defense spending is essential to balancing the budget and reclaiming some of our $20 trillion debt. The military needs to do as President Clinton wanted in the 1990s: become leaner and meaner.