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June 1, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 06/01/2014

What are we selling?

A recent speaker on international affairs reported that the current military budget is 20 percent of the total U.S. budget. Those figures are “suspect.” Since 9/11 the U.S. military budget has swollen by 49 percent over its 2000 levels, not including two wars. Many of our brightest engineers and scientists have been drawn from potential productive careers of developing alternative energy sources and research into developing weapons.

Has violence become our nation’s leading industry? One of the priorities of our National Security Strategy is to “perpetuate U.S. military dominance globally so no nation can rival or threaten the United States.” In 2003, 80 percent of the top buyers of U.S. weapons were countries our own State Department said were countries known for their failure to uphold civil rights. We sell to both sides of conflicts. In the past century 43 million military personnel were killed in war and 62 million civilians worldwide.

Ten percent of the U.S. military budget could care for the basic needs of the entire world’s poor. I can think of a few programs in our country which could use additional funds: education, medical research, transportation, all of which would add value to our life as citizens.

(Source: Everything Must Change by Brian McLaren)

Lou Ann McKimmy


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